Elschnig's Pearls: not your grandma's pearls...

While this is not strictly LASIK related, it has to do with cataracts, which most of us will have to deal with at some point. Two years+ after cataract surgery, I've developed something called Elschnig's Pearls, "pearl-like clusters formed by growth of epithelial cells on the lens capsule in secondary cataract formation." (Wikipedia). Due to "random proliferation of the cells that produce lens fibres along the posterior capsule, these aborted lens fibres glisten like precious stones in retroillumination." http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/...lschnigs-pearls.html

They can cause no symptoms at all, or as in my case, can cause a precipitous drop in vision. Almost overnight, I went from 20/40 to 20/50. YAG laser treatment zaps them and breaks them up (one eye at a time), but can result in a lot of new floaters that to me, look like tiny blobs of caviar. My ophthalmologist assures me they will settle down. Have to go back next week for the second eye, and then in another two weeks for a refraction to see whether my vision has improved. In any event, I'll be going for round four of contact lens fitting in the spring, since my scleral lenses are no longer useable.

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