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Revision Surgeries

At the Beverly Hills Vision Institute, a portion of the complex cataract surgeries performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Khodabakhsh are considered revision surgeries, or those meant to correct a previous surgery from other surgeons. These complications during surgery can unfortunately happen to any surgeon.  Dr. Khodabakhsh is one of the most sought Los Angeles eye surgeons for the treatment and correction of other surgeons complications.  Dr. Khodabakhsh of the Beverly Hills Vision Institute receives referrals from all over the country for cataract revision surgery.

CAPSULAR OPACIFICATION OR “AFTER CATARACT”

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens, or IOL.  This allows the patient to regain the ability to see at specific distances. When removing the old lens, the clear membrane that surrounds it is usually left intact. Typically, the physician inserts the IOL into the original lens capsule or bag. However, a percentage of patients may experience cataract-like vision a few months after surgery, due to the posterior portion of the lens capsule becoming hazy. This phenomenon is known as posterior capsule opacity, or PCO.

Treatment Options

Treating PCO is relatively simple, though it still requires a medical procedure. Laser technology can be used to target the cloudy portion of your lens capsule, removing it from your line of sight. A YAG laser is utilized in this revision surgery, making it a quick process that can restore clear vision within hours or days. No incision is made, so the recovery process is brief.

When to Contact Your Physician

If you are experiencing any complications after cataract surgery, from impaired vision to pain or floaters, contact your physician immediately. Surgery on the cataract puts you at risk for infection and even retinal detachment, though this event is rare. A potential retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency. If you see floaters or dark spots in your vision, you need to see an ophthalmologist immediately. Receiving care as quickly as possible greatly reduces your risk for permanent vision impairment.