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Secondary Cataract

Some people can develop a “secondary cataract” after the initial cataract surgery. The clinical term for this condition is a posterior capsular opacification. It is important to note that this is not a true cataract or a cataract growing back. The secondary cataract is in fact a clouding of the posterior capsule tissue which is left in place to help secure the lens implant after the cataract is removed.

Treatment Overview:

The clouding of this thin tissue may compromise visual acuity, and an opthalmologist can use a laser to correct the problem. The laser treatment is a quick outpatient procedure that uses a Nd-Yag laser (neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet) to disrupt and clear the central portion of the opacified posterior lens capsule by making small holes in the clouded tissue which creates a clear central area that can be seen through clearly.

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