Is cloudiness common after cataract surgery?

Up to half of all people or more will develop cloudy vision after cataract surgery. A secondary cataract, also called posterior capsular opacification (PCO), can happen months or years after you’ve had cataract surgery. PCO is the most common development after cataract surgery.

How long does cloudiness last after cataract surgery?

It is possible that your vision could take one to two weeks to adjust and settle. The eye must adapt to the new intraocular lens that has replaced the lens. Every patient is different!

How do you fix cloudy vision after cataract surgery?

If you have cloudy vision after your cataract surgery, we can use laser treatment to safely, effectively, and painlessly correct it. This procedure, known as a YAG laser capsulotomy, allows light to clearly pass through the pupil into the eye. With this procedure, your vision is restored in a matter of hours.

What causes cloudiness after cataract surgery?

Posterior capsule opacification occurs when certain residual cells grow on the back of the lens capsule. This cell growth causes the capsule to become somewhat opaque and hazy. As a result, light cannot travel through your eye properly.

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Why is my close up vision worse after cataract surgery?

The “big 3” potential problems that could permanently worsen vision after cataract/IOL surgery are: 1) infection, 2) an exaggerated inflammatory response, and 3) hemorrhage. Fortunately, these are quite rare nowadays, occurring less than 1% of the time.

What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?

A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.

Why does my eye have a film over it?

If the world is starting to look a little hazy, you could be getting cataracts. Simply put, it means your eye’s lens is clouding over. This condition usually affects people 60 or older, but anyone can get it. And you can have it in both eyes.

How do I know if I have posterior capsular opacification?

Posterior Capsule Opacification symptoms are very similar to cataract symptoms. These include: blurring of vision, glare in daytime or when driving and difficulty seeing near objects that were clear after cataract surgery.

What is ghosting after cataract surgery?

Some people describe halos, ghosting, slight overlapping of images (not double vision) and unexpected flashes of light. The medical term for all these changes is dysphotopsia.

Can’t see close up after cataract surgery?

This is a natural process called Presbyopia. Loss of near vision after cataract surgery depends on the type of lens which is implanted in your eye. Loss of near vision after cataract surgery may be very frustrating but luckily it is a problem which is easy to overcome.

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What percentage of cataract surgeries have complications?

At a conservative estimate, at least 25% (or 1.5 million) of the six million cataract operations performed annually in developing countries will have poor outcomes. About one quarter of these poor outcomes are due to surgical complications.