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I have had cataracs removed 10 years ago but sometimes my vision

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I have had cataracs removed 10 years ago but sometimes my vision seems to be a little tired and not so sharp but what bothered me is the bright halos when I look at my night lights in my hall. That's the first I ever noticed that.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

It sounds like you might have developed a posterior capsular opacity.

Dr. Rick :

The most likely cause for your vision problems is a posterior capsule opacity (PCO).


 


The artificial lens is placed in the capsular bag after your lens (cataract) is removed. This capsule, in a large number of patients, can become cloudy with time and cause a decrease in vision. Some patients say it is almost like their cataract has come back, or they complain of glare, problems reading, driving at night etc.


 


The good news about a PCO is that it can be easily diagnosed and treated in your ophthalmologists office -- no need for any further surgery or, many times, even a new eyeglass prescription.


 


How is it treated? Your eye is dilated just like it is for a routine eye exam. A drop of numbing medicine is placed in your eye and, in most cases, a special hand-held contact lens is placed on your eye. You are positioned at a slit lamp that has a laser attached to it and, using the laser, (YAG) the capsule is cut allowing a clear path for light to get to your retina again. The entire procedure takes less then 5 minutes. There is no "post-op" recovery time needed and you can expect good vision to return as soon as the drops wear off.....sometimes even sooner.


 

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

What is that and what can I do about it?

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no, I just tried to writre down the answer you gave me and after I put it on my credit card, the answer disappeared.

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Dr. Rick :

Does that help?

Customer:

Makes sence. I just couldn't understand the halo.

Dr. Rick :

The good news is that it is very easy to fix. :o)

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