One of the most common complications after cataract surgery is a posterior capsule opacity (also called posterior capsule opacification or PCO). During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and a new clear lens is put in place. The natural lens sits in a bag called the capsule and the new lens is placed in this same capsule during surgery. In about 20% of patients, this capsule can become cloudy due to migration of epithelial cells that are left over from the natural lens. A cloudy capsule can cause decreased vision and glare.

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What To Expect The Day Of The Procedure

  • The affected eye is dilated
  • The patient sits in an exam chair behind a microscope where the YAG laser is attached. A gel is placed on the eye in order to focus the laser.
  • The surgeon applies the laser to the capsule and removes the cloudy area. The patient will hear clicks as the laser is activated.
  • The patient will not experience any pain or discomfort during or after the procedure.

What To Expect After The Procedure

  • The patient may resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.
  • Most people experience an improvement in their vision within a day.
  • There may be an increase in floaters, but these resolve within a few weeks. As always, call us right away if you notice a shower of floaters, flashing lights or a curtain over your vision as these could be signs of a retinal issue.

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