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If you have PCO after cataract surgery, you might need YAG laser treatment. Find out more about the surgery here.
The treatment’s full name is Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) laser capsulotomy. It is a very safe treatment and is very common.
During cataract removal, the cloudy, natural lens in your eye is replaced with a clear, artificial lens. But in some cases, a hazy membrane can form just behind this artificial lens implant, in the bag (also known as the lens capsule) where it was placed. This affects the light coming through to the back of the eye. This condition is known as posterior capsule opacity, or PCO. It usually occurs a few years after cataract surgery.
The symptoms of posterior capsule opacity are similar to those for a cataract. These include:
PCO is not dangerous, but it does affect your sight. YAG laser capsulotomy is a fast and easy way of improving these symptoms and restoring your sight. There is no other treatment for PCO other than YAG laser capsulotomy, and the condition will not improve by itself.
At Circle Health, our specialist Consultants offer fast diagnosis and will create a bespoke treatment plan based on your individual needs.