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Do Cataracts come back?


MarinEyes Cataract Specialists

John C Shin Christian K Kim John R Campbell
John C Shin,     MD Christian K Kim, MD John R Campbell, MD





Before YAG Treatment After YAG Treatment
Secondary Cataract Secondary cataract after YAG


Secondary Cataract

About 5-15% of patients having successful cataract surgery will later develop "Secondary Cataract." This may occur weeks, months or more commonly years, later, even after perfectly performed surgery. This requires a laser treatment (available at Marin Ophthalmic Surgery Center) to correct. The treatment is quick, painless and highly effective. The laser is the same type used for narrow angle glaucoma laser surgery. Very infrequently, a torn or detached retina may follow this kind of treatment. Also very occasionally patients may develop glaucoma afterward. Again, these problems don't arise very often, and untreated secondary cataract causes progressive vision loss until it is treated with the laser.