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.
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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