Cataract surgeries is a very common procedure to improve eye vision, which may have been disturbed by the occurrence and progress of cataract. Most cataract surgeries succeeded without any complications, as these are not considered as an emergency situation.
How cataract surgeries done
Cataract surgeries can be done using conventional techniques as well as laser procedure. Either one is used for getting a way into the cornea to replace an infected eye lens with prepared artificial lens. In this surgery, the entire cataract is thus removed. The eye will adjust itself to this artificial lens after it is implanted in the capsule that previously held the cataracts.
Cataract surgeries do not commonly need prolonged healing time, as the incision to the eye lens is made in a special way, so that it is able to self-heal without any stitches. Therefore, patients can directly be sent home after the performed procedures. The implanted lens, however, needs sometime before it can adjust well to the eye and make it possible for the patient to do activities they previously did.
Can cataracts grow back after surgery?
There are some risks of complications with cataract surgeries, although the possibility for these complications to occur is quite low. There are people undergoing cataract surgeries and do not experience any complications afterward. Some possible complications that may occur with cataract surgeries include bleeding, inflammation or swelling, infection, and loss of vision. These are some examples of rarely-experienced complications of cataract surgery one undergoing.
In addition to these possible complications, people undergoing the procedures often complain about their degraded vision after the performed procedure. Thus, it has long been questioned as to whether or not cataract may come back after performed surgeries. As a matter of fact, it is not possible from removed cataracts to grow back, causing similar problems with the previous ones. Once cataracts are removed, there is no possibility that this eye disorder will come back to the eye lens.
As it is almost impossible for cataracts to come back after the performed surgery, symptoms and signs you are experiencing, which are similar to cataract development may convey different causal problems. The most common complaint after a cataract surgery is degraded vision, that the blurry, cloudy visions start to occur even after the existing cataracts have been removed. There are thus, some patient that require glasses or contact lenses most of the time, following a cataract surgery. They also develop some other symptoms resembling cataracts, such as blurry visions and sensitivity to light, which make them think that the problem is coming back even after the removal surgery.
Why I notice symptoms similar to cataracts after surgery
Similar symptoms and signs do not necessarily imply that the removed cataracts is coming back and re-infest your eye lens. There are in fact, a couple of possible reasons as to why you develop symptoms that are similar to cataracts even after you had the removal surgery:
- The patient is developing post-surgery astigmatism, which is an eye disorder that causes light from outside of the eye to fall in front of or behind the retina, resulting in unclear imaging. This astigmatism can occur as either nearsightedness or farsightedness that mostly are able to be improved with new-prescribed glasses or contact lens.
- A clear membrane is left behind the implanted artificial eye lens at the time of the cataract surgery. Over time, this clear membrane gradually hazes, triggering the occurrence of increased glare and decreased vision. When you are aging, the occurrence of this haze even increases quite significantly. However, this is not going to occur right away. This clear membrane may take years before finally get discolored, causing blurry, cloudy, or dimmed vision that is often assumed as a coming-back cataract that occurs post-surgery. This can be eliminated with laser procedure, a one-time procedure to get rid of discolored eye membrane.