What Causes Cloudiness After Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the world. Overall the globe people suffer from it due to their growing age. It has a success rate of the 98 percent or higher and very few complications. According to one of the studies millions of people undergo cataract surgery every year. Most of these patients will experience no severe medical fallout from the procedure, and the majority of complications that arises of cataract is very minor and is treatable medically.

Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO) or cloudiness after cataract surgery is one potential condition. Also sometimes it is referred to as the “Secondary cataract” though this is a misnomer as once cataract is being removed by the doctor they cannot return. PCO actually is clouding of the elastic like capsular bag that holds your lens of the eye in place.

During the surgery for the cataract the eye specialist carefully opens the front portion of the capsule to remove the natural lens and replace it with the intraocular lens. The capsule holds the intraocular lens and serves as a protective barrier for the back of the eye.it is very uncommon for the cataract patients to have normal vision after healing from the cataract surgery and then experiencing some blurring, haziness and difficulty in driving because of the glare after week, month or even years after the cataract surgery. What happens actually is that after the cataract surgery the capsule that holds the lens of the eye develops cloudiness causing blurred or hazy vision. This condition is known as posterior capsular haze and only about 20 percent of the cataract patients experience it.

Treatment for the posterior capsular haze

YAG Capsulotomy is the procedure that can be used to treat the posterior capsular haze safely, painlessly and effectively. The YAG procedure looks like an instrument used to examine your eye in the doctor’s office. The procedure dilates the eyes and just takes two to three minutes. The YAG laser makes a new opening in the back of the capsular bag holding the implant and often restores vision back to what it was after the original cataract procedure.

Following the YAG procedure you should experience no pain and will not have to wear any eye patch or use eye drop, though you may notice some floaters over the next few days. The floaters should subside with time. You may resume your normal routine immediately after surgery. Most YAG Capsulotomy patients notices an instant improvement in their vision, while others experience a gradual improvement over several days.