Cataract surgery is the most common eye surgery done in the world. A cataract is a normal development as our eyes get older. Average age for cataract surgery is about 74 years old some people get cataracts removed sooner some people go much later in life before they get their cataracts removed.
Cataract surgery involves removing the natural clouded lens in your eye and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. The cataract surgeon puts the artificial lens in a capsule inside your eye. Once the lens is in the capsule it usually is there for the rest of your life and causes little problems.
About one half of the patients who had cataract surgery will develop clouding of the lens capsule. This is commonly referred to as a secondary cataract. Secondary cataracts are usually seen about one year after cataract surgery but in some cases can be seen many years down the road. The younger a person is when they get cataract surgery the more likely they will develop a secondary cataract. The good thing about the secondary cataract is that it is easily removed by the cataract surgeon using a special laser. This procedure takes about one minute for each eye, is painless, and your vision is usually improved right away.
If you have questions about your cataracts or have had cataract surgery and find that your vision is becoming cloudy again please let us know. Myself or Dr Lim can see you to assess your eyes to see if you have a cataract developing or have a secondary capsule.