Cataract surgery is an effective procedure to remove cataracts from the eye. When considering cataract surgery, a common concern among patients is whether the cataracts will return. The eye doctors at Clarity Eye Group specialize in advanced forms of cataract surgery. Here, our experienced team addresses this common concern about cataracts.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts tend to develop with age. However, eye injuries and certain medical conditions can also cause cataracts to develop. Cataracts tend to progress gradually.

Initially, cataracts may not impact vision. However, as cataracts worsen, it can become difficult to see well enough to perform everyday activities like reading and driving. In the United States, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss.

What Is Cataract Surgery? 

Cataracts cannot be prevented. Initially, cataracts may be treated with contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, as the cataracts progress and impact vision, surgery may become necessary.

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. The eye surgeons at Clarity Eye Group offer patients femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in one hour. 

Can Cataracts Come Back?

A common concern for patients who have had their vision impacted by cataracts is whether the cataracts can come back. During cataract surgery, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens. This means that it is not possible for the cataracts to come back.

It is possible for patients to experience symptoms consistent with cataracts after surgery due to a condition called posterior capsule opacification. The condition can be treated with a painless laser procedure that takes a matter of minutes. 

What Happens if Cataracts Are Not Removed?

Untreated cataracts can impact every aspect of your life. If cataracts are not removed, they can get progressively worse. Untreated cataracts can progress from unnoticeable to a slight annoyance to a major inconvenience. In addition to clouded vision, untreated cataracts can cause the following:

  • Difficulty with night vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Need for brighter reading light
  • Frequent changes in contact lens prescriptions
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions
  • Fading of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

Schedule a Consultation With the Cataract Surgeons at Clarity Eye Group

To learn more about your cataract treatment options, schedule a consultation with one of the experienced cataract surgeons at Clarity Eye Group. Schedule a consultation online or by calling (714) 842-0651.