Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts (Part 2)

Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts (Part 2)

Continuation of part 1 with things you might not know about cataracts.

Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts
Cataracts do not come back after they are surgically removed

With cataract surgery, ophthalmologist replaces the cloudy natural lens of your eye with an artificial lens implant. The lens implant does not become cloudy again. However, some people do develop cloudiness in the lens capsule causing decreased vision. With a quick procedure called posterior capsulotomy, your ophthalmologist can use a laser to make an opening in the cloudy capsule, allowing light to pass through again for clear vision.

If you have severe nearsightedness, you have a higher risk of having retinal detachment after cataract surgery

Studies have shown that people who are very nearsighted may have a greater chance of having a retinal detachment after cataract surgery. If you are very nearsighted and are considering cataract surgery, you and your ophthalmologist can discuss this risk and the benefits of surgery.

Ophthalmologists may recommend cataract surgery for both eyes even if vision is still good in one eye

Replacing the lens in both eyes helps to balance vision, a key way to reduce the risk of falling for the elderly. And for some, replacing the lens in the second eye can decrease their risk of developing a serious form of glaucoma called angle-closure glaucoma.

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