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What should I do if my vision gets cloudy after cataract surgery?

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Sometimes after cataract surgery, you may find that things start to look cloudy again. It happens because a lens capsule -- the part of your eye that holds your new artificial lens in place -- begins to thicken up.

You may hear your doctor call this by its medical name: posterior capsule opacification. The problem may not show up right away. You may notice it months or years later.

Your doctor may suggest a procedure called YAG to fix it. During this procedure, a surgeon uses a laser to open up the thickening around the lens capsule and let more light get through your artificial lens. That will clear up your cloudy vision.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When Is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?" "Cataract Surgery," "What Is Macular Degeneration?" "How Soon Can YAG Be Done After Cataract Surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery: What You Can Expect."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: "Our Readers Want To Know: When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?" "What are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?"

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract Surgery."

Vision Australia: "Cataracts."

British Medical Journal: "Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When Is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?" "Cataract Surgery," "What Is Macular Degeneration?" "How Soon Can YAG Be Done After Cataract Surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cataract Surgery: What You Can Expect."

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: "The Risks and Benefits of Cataract Surgery."

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: "Our Readers Want To Know: When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?" "What are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?"

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract Surgery."

Vision Australia: "Cataracts."

British Medical Journal: "Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 6, 2019

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