Can cataracts grow back?

If you are not seeing as well as you did after cataract surgery, fill out our online form or call 1-866-865-2020 to make an appointment to see if you need a YAG Laser Capsulotomy.

 Many people are thrilled with their brighter, clearer vision after cataract surgery and then one day they start to notice that they are not seeing as well as they did after surgery. Is it just old age? Or can cataract grow back? No, cataracts cannot grow back. However, sometimes after successful cataract surgery, the natural capsule that is left behind becomes cloudy. This causes the vision to become blurry again, much like it was before cataract surgery. It occurs in over 30 percent of patients, and can be soon after surgery or many years later.

Symptoms of a Cloudy Capsule

The reason people think that their cataract has come back is because the symptoms of a cataract and a cloudy capsule are much alike. They are blurry vision at distance and near which generally happens gradually. Sometimes so gradually that you don’t really notice it at first. That is one of the reasons we always recommend yearly eye exams. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to help you keep your great vision.

Not to worry, though. This cloudy capsule can be corrected quickly, without needles or stitches, using a simple laser procedure called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy. “We use a YAG laser beam to create a small opening in the capsule, which provides a clear path for light to pass into your eye. No anesthesia is required for this painless procedure, and people usually see sharply again right after the procedure, even returning to most normal activities that same day,” explains Dr. Brain Foster.

Check out this video about YAG Laser Surgery.

If you are not seeing as well as you did after cataract surgery, fill out our online form or call 1-866-865-2020 to make an appointment to see if you need a YAG Laser Capulotomy.