Can Your Vision Get Cloudy Again After Cataract Surgery?

As we age, cataracts occur, leading to blurry vision. When you have cataracts, your quality of life will be affected until you have cataract surgery to remove them. At Focal Point Vision, our team can answer any questions you have about surgery, and the likelihood of cataracts coming back after your cataract surgery in San Antonio, TX.

Symptoms of cataracts

At Focal Point Vision, we offer eye exams that allow our team to look for signs of cataracts. Some signs of a cataract include:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Light sensitivity

  • Halos around light

  • Continuous prescription changes

When cataracts first develop, the cloudiness may only affect some of the lense. However, as it grows larger, it will cloud more of it, which leads to more noticeable symptoms. When you’re experiencing vision changes, it’s important to schedule an appointment at our San Antonio, TX eye center.

Treatment for cataracts

Our board-certified ophthalmologists have customized treatment plans for patients with cataracts, depending on if they have hyperopia, astigmatism, or myopia. Based on your vision needs, we can suggest laser cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses, or light-adjustable lens™ surgery. To learn if you’re a candidate for one of these cataract treatments, schedule an appointment at our San Antonio, TX, office.

Can cataracts grow back after surgery?

For those that have had cataract surgery, there is a small risk that you can develop secondary cataracts, known as after-cataracts. This occurs when the membrane around the lens, which we don’t remove during cataract surgery and contains an artificial lens, becomes cloudy, much like a cataract. This can take months or even years to develop after your cataract surgery. However, there’s no way for our team at Focal Point Vision to know if you will develop them.

These after-cataracts can be linked to different medical conditions that increase your risk of developing them, such as:

  • Diabetes

  • Uveitis (inflammation, itching, and redness of the middle of the eye, known as the uvea)

  • Retinitis pigmentosa (breakdown or loss of cells in the retina)

  • Myotonic dystrophy

How do you treat secondary cataracts?

During YAG laser capsulotomy, a small opening in the clouded area is made so that light can shine through your retina again. This is a quick procedure where your eye is numbed, and a special laser is pointed at the back of your lens. You will use prescription eye drops for a week after the procedure to help you avoid infection.

Learn more about developing after-cataracts after cataract surgery

At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our team treats patients suffering from cataracts. During a basic eye exam, we examine your eye health and offer our professional opinion on the best treatment option for you. We can also discuss the possibility of developing secondary cataracts after any cataract surgery. To schedule an appointment to learn about cataract treatment, call our office today.

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