Can I Have Cataract Surgery Twice?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Can I Have Cataract Surgery Twice?

Cataracts are a common condition and almost everyone will have them at some point in their life. Because of how common they are, cataract surgery is a very popular procedure. If your cataracts affect your daily activities, it's time to get them removed.

But many people are wary of getting cataract surgery for fear of having to get it again. There’s nothing to worry about— once you have cataract surgery, you won’t need it again!

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a simple procedure. It begins by making a very small incision in the eye. After the incision has been made, your cataract surgeon will break up the cataract. An instrument will break up your cataract. Then, the pieces of the cataract get sucked out through the incision. 

Once the lens is gone, an artificial lens or IOL gets inserted through the incision. After the IOL gets placed in the eye, the procedure ends! Since cataract surgery is so common, it's very low risk. For patients who have lost their vision due to cataracts, it's an effective treatment! After cataract surgery, lost vision gets restored. 

Can Cataracts Grow Back?

Cataracts can’t grow back after removal. Cataracts form on the crystalline lens, and to remove them, the whole lens needs to come out. The IOL that replaces that lens isn’t made from organic material like your natural lens, so a cataract can’t form on it.

What Is a Secondary Cataract?

While you can’t get cataracts if you only have IOLs, you still can get cataract-like symptoms. These symptoms occur when the capsule-shaped area behind the artificial lens becomes cloudy. 

This area is called a posterior lens capsule. When the area is cloudy, a condition called posterior capsular opacification can develop. PCO is often referred to as a secondary cataract. PCO only happens in a small number of cases, and is easier to treat than the original cataract.

Secondary Cataract Treatment

Treatment for a secondary cataract is quick and easy, often only taking a few minutes. The procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office instead of a surgery center. This is because there are no incisions required. 

Your doctor uses a laser to create a small hole or window in the capsule. The small hole will allow you to see through it and restore vision loss.  After this procedure, a secondary cataract should not form again.

If you have cataracts, it's normal to worry about getting cataract surgery. But cataract surgery is safe and effective, and has few downsides. The best part about cataract surgery is having your vision restored. You'll be able to see normally again!

If you struggle to see due to your cataracts, cataract surgery may be the best option for you. And once you get the surgery, you won’t ever need it again! 

Want to learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery? Contact Thomas Eye Group today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations.

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