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After Cataract Surgery: Long-Term Eye Care

After cataract surgery, it is important to have regular eye exams. This is the best way to check the health of your eyes. It will help you maintain good vision. Schedule an eye exam at least once a year or as directed by your eye care professional.

Ophthalmologist examining woman's eye with lens and slit lamp. Another healthcare provider holding patient's head steady.

New eyeglasses

Your vision will be better after surgery. But you may need new eyeglasses to fine-tune your vision. Your eye doctor will test your vision while you’re healing. When you’re fully healed, you will get a new eyeglass prescription if needed.

Treating a secondary cataract

Months or years after surgery, a secondary cataract may form. It is caused by cells that grow between your new lens and the capsule that holds it. This cataract is not painful. But it may cause vision problems similar to the first cataract. In most cases, this cataract can be treated in your eye doctor’s office or an outpatient surgical center.

Laser treatment (YAG capsulotomy) can be used for this. It is a painless procedure. It only takes a few minutes. A laser beam is used to make a small opening in the eye’s capsule. This allows more light to enter. It will improve your vision right away.


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