Can Posterior Capsular Opacification be corrected?

Can Posterior Capsular Opacification be corrected?

Posterior capsule opacification can be corrected with a simple procedure and quickly restore your vision.

How is posterior capsule opacification treated?

Posterior capsule opacification is most often treated using a neodymium:yttrium–aluminium–garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. Quick pulses of the laser make precise ablations in the posterior capsule and create a small circular opening in the visual axis.

Is posterior capsule opacification an emergency?

What happens if PCO is not treated? PCO is not a serious disease nor is it an emergency. If it is not treated, it will increase with time and cause deterioration of vision.

Does posterior capsule opacification get worse over time?

With a posterior capsule opacification, the haziness you see will only get worse without treatment.

How common is Posterior Capsular Opacification?

Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) occurs when a cloudy layer of scar tissue forms behind your lens implant. This may cause you to have blurry or hazy vision, or to see a lot of glare from lights. PCO is fairly common after cataract surgery, occurring in about 20% of patients.

How many times can you have YAG surgery?

Can YAG surgery be repeated or is it a one off treatment? It is usually only required once because the procedure removes the scaffold upon which the opacification forms.

Does PCO get worse?

Blurring of vision: this usually develops slowly, typically several years or longer after the original cataract surgery, although can occasionally happen as soon as a few weeks or months after cataract surgery. The blurring from capsular opacity is not correctible with glasses and gradually worsens.

Can posterior capsule opacification be avoided?

Can Posterior Capsular Opacification be Prevented? Some intraocular lenses (the lens that is put in the eye during cataract surgery) result in less PCO than other lenses. However, once the lens is in the eye, there is no known way of preventing PCO developing.

Can you get Posterior Capsular Opacification twice?

Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) is common after cataract surgery. Recurrence is very rare after a successful Yttrium aluminium-garnet (YAG) capsulotomy in adults. We report a case of visual axis re-opacification after a successful YAG capsulotomy for PCO in an adult.

How long does a posterior capsulotomy last?

The procedure is usually 20-45 minutes long and is carried out after you have had anaesthetic eye drops to numb the eye surface. Your surgeon will replace the faulty lens with a new one.

What can go wrong with YAG laser?

Documented complications include, transient rise in intraocular pressure,2 retinal detachment,3 lens subluxation or dislocation,4 lens pitting,5 and exacerbation of local endophthalmitis.

How common is posterior capsular opacification?

Can you get posterior capsular opacification twice?