WHAT IS POSTERIOR CAPSULAR OPACIFICATION (PCO)?
Following cataract surgery, the natural lens capsule shrink-wraps the IOL implanted within it and can sometimes become opaque during this process. Visual quality deteriorates and it can feel as if the cataract is coming back. Affected patients typically notice visual deterioration and problems with light scatter 6 months to 3 years after surgery. Excessive dazzle from oncoming car headlights is a typical complaint in affected patients.
Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO) is corrected by cutting through the opaque lens capsule to restore a clear pathway for light to focus on the retina. This is done with a YAG laser in a painless 15-minute corrective procedure called YAG laser capsulotomy. Vision is normally restored to the level it was originally at after cataract surgery within 24 hours.
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