Do Cataracts Regrow?

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Do Cataracts Regrow?

Cataracts do not “regrow” once they have been removed through a cataract operation. However what does happen from time to time is something called “posterior capsular opacification”. The crystalline lens of the eye is where a cataract forms. The crystalline lens has a soft protein center and is surrounded by a “capsule”. A Cataract forms because the protein becomes cloudy. During cataract surgery Dr. Betancourt and Spagnolo use microscopic instruments to break up and remove the cloudy material as this is what blurs your vision. However, they leave the “capsule” in place and actually place the intraocular lens implant (IOL) to correct vision inside the capsule to help correct your vision. In some patients the capsule become “opacified” sometime after surgery leaving the patient’s vision cloudy and often with glare sensitivity, much like the symptoms they had from the Cataract. Fortunately, using a YAG Laser Drs. Betancourt and Spagnolo are able to quickly, safely and effectively create an opening in the capsule along the visual axis that restores the vision almost instantly. This procedure called a “YAG Capsulotomy” takes only a few minutes using simple eye drop anesthesia without discomfort. Please feel free to schedule an appointment and contact us with your questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center Toll Free at 800-495-3937.