An after-cataract, or secondary cataract, is one that forms following cataract removal surgery. Typically it occurs when a piece of the cataract remains or when scar tissue has formed an opacity.
Who can get it?
Anyone. Secondary cataracts typically can occur in about 30% of all cataract surgery cases.
What are the symptoms?
Blurring in a portion of your vision that should have been clear following cataract surgery.
What is the treatment?
The procedure to remove a secondary cataract is quite simple. A Yag laser is used to eliminate the remaining opacity and is quick and painless. The procedure is called a Posterior Capsulotomy.