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Cataracts typically develop over the course of several years and this is part of the normal aging of the eye. According to the National Eye Institute, at around age 40, the proteins in the eye start to break down and stick together. This causes cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens. People with cataracts often describe their visual changes as blurry and hazy. Cataracts can make it challenging to read, see vivid colors, or drive a car – especially at night. Because most cataracts develop slowly, they don’t initially interfere with one’s eyesight but over time, cataracts will cause vision to become blurry.

There are risk factors to the speed at which cataracts develop. Aging and family history are risk factors you cannot control. However, to slow the progression of cataracts, we recommend:

Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Luckily, cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can help you regain clear vision. The National Institute of Health conducted a survey in 2021 that determined cataract surgery to be the most common surgery in the United States, with more than three million cataract surgeries performed each year.

Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. This new artificial lens can improve vision and premium IOL options may even reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses entirely! 

Can Cataract Surgery be Done Twice on The Same Eye?

Cataract surgery cannot be done more than once per eye. Once it is removed, cataract cannot grow back. Occasionally, patients may experience blurry vision after cataract surgery, a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). This is not a complication but a natural part of the healing process and is treated with a laser procedure that removes the clouded cells. 

Can an IOL be Replaced?

The new intraocular lens (IOL) implant should last a lifetime. However, if the IOL shifts in position or if the patient develops a complication that affects the IOL’s function, replacement surgery may be necessary.

Cataract surgery is a common, safe, and effective procedure that millions of Americans undergo each year. As with all surgery, complications can occur, but they are rare. 
Contact your doctor for an appointment if you have concerns about your recent cataract surgery, or would like a consultation for surgery. For more information on cataract surgery or to make an appointment with Griffey Eye Care, call (757) 410-9500.

Is Blurred Vision After Cataract Surgery Normal?

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Cataract surgery can help remove the cloudy lens affecting your vision, improving your sight. If you receive this procedure, is blurry vision normal after surgery? Is blurriness nothing to worry about, or should you contact your eye doctor?  Continue reading to learn more about cataracts, including if blurry vision is normal after cataract surgery. Let’s […]

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What Increases Your Risk of Cataracts?

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Can Cataracts Come Back After Surgery?

An ophthalmologist carefully examining the eye of an elderly man for signs of possible cataract recurrence.

Monitoring your eye health is a daily commitment, especially when dealing with something like cataracts. Getting treatment for cataracts from your eye doctor is an essential step, but what comes after? Let’s look at what cataracts are and what can cause them, including if they can come back after being removed.  What are Cataracts? A […]

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Does Everyone Get Cataracts?

Maintaining sound eye care habits is essential to eye health, whether you’re keeping up with your doctors on the latest procedures or practicing good eye health habits. Dealing with cataracts is one of those crucial eye health procedures you can monitor. But does everyone get cataracts? Let’s explore what cataracts are, their symptoms, risk factors, […]

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Traditional and Laser Surgery Removes Cataracts Effectively

Poor night vision. Cloudy or blurry images. Unpleasant glare from car headlights. Although most people who have symptoms of cataracts are over the age of 80, many people begin to notice these vision changes when they are in their forties. “Younger people can have cataracts, too, especially diabetics,” said Dr. Paul M. Griffey, a third-generation […]

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