Cataract: course and prognosis

How dangerous is a cataract? Can one go blind? More about the course of lens opacity in this chapter.

How fast does the cataract get worse?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict that individually. How fast the cataract increases in a cataract, not only varies from person to person, but sometimes from eye to eye.

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Can the cataract also heal itself?

No, that is unfortunately not possible or at least very unlikely. The opacity of the eye lens is caused by deposited end products of a disturbed lens metabolism, which are no longer transported away. This process does not seem to be reversible anymore.

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What is the posterior?

After a successful cataract operation, the lens may become cloudy again within months or years. This is called after-star. As before, the cataract leads to the after star to a deteriorated eyesight.

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How is the after-star treated?

After a successful cataract operation, it may over months or years come to the opacity of the remaining in the eye posterior lens capsule, whereby the vision deteriorates again. This so-called after-star can be removed in most cases with an outpatient laser treatment without major problems.

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How long is an artificial lens durable?

Modern art lenses are usually durable for life. They are not subject to any significant wear and are thus different from many other implants whose durability as a replacement part in the human body is of limited duration.

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Cataracts: Do you feel the artificial lens in the eye after surgery?

No. In contrast to contact lenses, the artificial lenses cause no foreign body sensation. Even with incompatibilities is not expected.

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