A cataract is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. A secondary cataract may sometimes develop behind the implanted lens at a later date, affecting vision. Laser is used to treat this secondary cataract to restore vision.
Initial Cataract & IOL Surgery
A clouded cataract lens is removed during a cataract surgical procedure. A new replacement intraocular lens is placed inside the eye’s natural lens bag, which is left intact.
Sometimes following cataract surgery, the clear lens bag, or posterior capsule, can develop opacities behind the implanted lens. This secondary cataract can obscure your vision by blocking light from reaching the retina. Laser is used to create a hole in the bag, to restore clear vision. This procedure is called a laser posterior capsulotomy.
The laser posterior capsulotomy procedure is typically an out-patient procedure taking just a few minutes. Cataract surgery, as with all surgeries, does contain an element of risk which must be fully considered and discussed with your eye care provider.