YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Complications after Cataract Surgery

Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)

When a cataract forms, it begins in the interior of the lens and grows until it obstructs or clouds vision. If we thought of the lens inside the eye as similar to a grape, a cataract would grow in the area of the fleshy portion. This is the portion of the lens that is removed during cataract surgery. The “peel” of the grape is left intact inside the eye and is used like a bag in which the intraocular lens sits. This is called the capsular bag.

 Cataract Surgery

Following cataract surgery, in about 20% of patients, the capsular bag can begin to cloud causing posterior capsular opacity (PCO). When this happens, you may experience blurry or dull vision, glare around lights at night, and a decrease in your vision. Although it may seem like a cataract is reforming, this is not the case, and the treatment is non-surgical. The treatment for PCO is a simple, painless laser procedure called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy.


YAG Laser Capsulotomy

During this procedure, your doctor will dilate your eyes and then have you rest your chin into a slit lamp similar to the one used during an eye exam. Your doctor will direct the laser toward the haziness on the capsular bag and you will hear clicks as it is zapped away.  The laser is painless, has very minimal complications, and offers immediate improvement of your vision.

YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Let Us Help You Achieve The Clearest Vision Possible!

If you have had cataract surgery and are experiencing symptoms similar to a cataract, call us or request an appointment today to be evaluated for posterior capsular opacity.