What is the Treatment for PCO ?
PCO is treated with a procedure called a YAG capsulotomy.
Do I Need Treatment for PCO and Are There Any Other Treatments?
Rather like cataract, PCO should be treated when it is affecting your vision, but you do not have to have treatment. Untreated, it will gradually worsen causing more blurring of the vision. There are no drops or non-surgical treatments for PCO. Before lasers, PCO used to be treated with surgery to cut an opening in the cloudy posterior capsule, but surgery is only required extremely rarely nowadays.
What Happens If I Have Other Eye Diseases?
YAG laser treatment of PCO should not affect other diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. PCO however does carry a very small risk of retinal detachment, and therefore if you have had previous retinal tears or detachment, this should be carefully monitored after the treatment (see below).
Can I Have PCO Treatment in Both Eyes Done as the Same Time?
YAG laser capsulotomy treatment of PCO is an extremely safe procedure with a risk of complications of around 1 in 5000 treatments. Therefore, we frequently treat both eyes at the same time. But it is also fine to have one eye treated at a time.
“My vision in the right eye has improved greatly. And no side effects apart from the floater.”
PW February 2021
“Thank you for your expertise, the improvement was noticeable even before I got to the reception desk!”
BB December 2020
“…so many thanks for your skill and kindness.”
AB December 2020
“Just wanted to thank you for seeing me yesterday afternoon and carrying out the YAG capsulotomy on my left eye. After a few blurry hours my eyes settled down and I now have great vision once more. Thank you so much. You are an absolute star…always so helpful, kind and friendly. I really appreciate all you have done to help improve my sight.”
JM December 2020
“Many thanks for your care and consideration during my laser eye procedure for posterior capsular opacification. Everything has been well following the procedure. The transient floaters disappeared after only two days and my vision restored to the state it was in after my cataract operation.”
JC November 2020
“… the procedure has worked perfectly and my left eye can now see as clearly as it could before the clouding started. There have been no signs of any of the side-effects mentioned in the information leaflet and I have no had any discernible floaters.”
RR November 2020
“Some floaters as you predicted and occasionally a black spot but certainly not lots of them so I think all is fine. The vision in that eye is hugely improved even to the point that the other eye now seems poor in comparison!”
MB November 2020
“L YAG. My eye is great!”
SS November 2020
“A truly wonderful result! The eyes are so much better, thank you.”
GM October 2020