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What is Posterior Capsule Opacification (PCO) and how is it treated?

Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) can cloud your vision, even after successful cataract surgery. This common complication occurs when the capsule behind the intraocular lens becomes cloudy, causing blurred vision and other visual disturbances. 

Following cataract surgery, the clouded lens is replaced with a clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL). However, over time, the remaining capsule can become cloudy, hindering vision. This is where posterior capsulotomy may be recommended by Prof. Stanga and his team. 

What is YAG laser?

YAG (Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet) laser technology emits a focused beam of light with a wavelength of 1064 nanometres, precisely targeting the cloudy areas of the posterior capsule. This targeted approach ensures minimal risk to surrounding tissues and maximizes effectiveness. 

The Retina Clinic London YAG Posterior Capsulotomy Laser


What is involved in the laser procedure?

Before the procedure, you will be dilated to ensure your pupils are a wide as possible. Professor Stanga and his team will then take picture of your lens before the procedure. This allows them to accurately demonstrate and record the effect of the lens afterwards.  

During a YAG posterior capsulotomy procedure, the cloudy capsule is carefully vaporized, creating a small, precise opening. This allows light to pass through unobstructed, restoring clear vision without the need for invasive surgery. 

What are the Benefits of YAG Posterior Capsulotomy?

Is YAG Posterior Capsulotomy Right for You?

If you’re experiencing vision changes or blurriness following cataract surgery, you may be a candidate for YAG posterior capsulotomy. Our expert team led by Professor Stanga at The Retina Clinic London can assess your condition and determine the best course of action to restore your clear vision and improve your quality of life.