Posterior Capsule Opacification

What is Posterior Capsule Opacification?

A small proportion of patients will develop clouding of the capsule which covers the lens following cataract surgery. This is called posterior capsule opacification or PCO. If the cloudiness affects your vision, we offer a laser surgery called YAG capsulotomy to correct this problem.

Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, Mr Mookhtiar will apply local anaesthetic (eye drops) and use the YAG laser to create a small hole in the clouded back lining of the lens capsule. This allows light to pass through the membrane to the retina at the back of the eye and restore vision.

The decision to have this procedure is based on the same criteria as the decision to have the original cataract surgery:

  • Vision problems are affecting your work or lifestyle
  • Glare caused by bright lights is a problem
  • You cannot pass a vision test required for a driver’s license because of PCO
  • You experience blurred or ghosting in your vision
  • The difference in vision between your two eyes is significant

Following the procedure, you may remain in the clinic, till you feel comfortable. You should not feel any pain after surgery. You may be prescribed a short course of eye drops.

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