Retained Lens Fragments

What is Retained Lens Fragments?

As people age, the lens of the eye develops a progressive opacification or clouding called a cataract. Cataracts are a significant cause of visual loss in older adults, and often surgery is performed when the lens causes vision loss to the point where it interferes with daily activities.


In most cases, cataract surgery is performed without complication. However, in some eyes, the cataract cannot be removed completely and fragments of the cataract may fall into the back of the eye where they cannot be safely removed by a cataract surgeon. 


Patients with retained cataract material develop symptoms that may include:

  • Very blurry vision
  • Eye pain from increased pressure
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light