Posterior capsule opacification

Eye problems after cataract surgery are rare but can occur but in some cases a posterior capsule opacification (also called posterior capsule opacity or PCO), can occur.

In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear, artificial lens. But in some cases, a hazy membrane can form just behind this artificial lens implant. This condition is known as posterior capsule opacity. Although it is sometimes called a ‘secondary cataract’, you cannot develop another cataract after cataract surgery.

The symptoms of posterior capsule opacity are similar to those for a cataract. These include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Hazy or cloudy vision
  • Bright glares or halos around lights
  • Double vision
  • Reduced visual focus

If you have recently had cataract surgery, and are experiencing symptoms of posterior capsule opacity, you should make an appointment to see an optometrist or GP as soon as possible.

A laser procedure known as yag laser capsulotomy, can quickly restore vision after a posterior capsule opacity. This procedure can be carried out safely, effectively and painlessly.

At Circle Health, we can arrange a private clinical appointment for you to visit a leading consultant ophthalmologist who specialises in yag laser capsulotomy using the latest technology. They can closely assess your individual condition, and advise you whether this procedure would be appropriate for you.

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