How long before lens capsule becomes cloudy after cataract surgery?

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Mark, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    A vitamin store printed out information about cataracts for me. One
    statement really caught my attention. It said that "... For many
    people, the lens capsule remaining in the eye after surgery eventually
    turns cloudy, causing additional loss of vision."

    What percentage of people does this clouding occur in? How long would
    I have before the clouding of the lens capsule would affect my
    vision? Is there anything I could do to make it less likely that this
    clouding would occur?

    Mark, Oct 26, 2007
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  2. Posterior capsule opacification (from epith. cell migration) has
    decreased with better iols and better surgical technique, but the
    incidence varies widely. I'd guess that today about 25% eventually
    cloud up and are cured with simple yag laser. Could happen in a few
    months to a few years. Nothing you can do except get it fixed if it

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, O.D., Oct 26, 2007
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  3. Mark

    p.clarkii Guest

    most commonly happens in 6 months - 2 years after the initial
    surgery. it is totally treatable (if it does occur at all, usually in
    about 1/3 of cases) by YAG laser treatment which is an in-office
    simple procedure. there is no permanent loss of vision if that's what
    you are worried about. no big deal.
    p.clarkii, Oct 26, 2007
  4. Mark

    Dan Abel Guest

    A bunch. I had it in both eyes.

    About a year.

    No. Just be aware that it happens. It takes about a minute to fix.
    There are no afteraffects. No pain, no vision problems.
    Dan Abel, Oct 26, 2007
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