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Understanding PCO and YAG Laser: Ensuring Clear Vision After Cataract Surgery

Insight into Posterior Capsule Opacification and YAG Laser Treatment 

Cataract surgery is a transformative procedure, but in some cases, a condition called Posterior Capsule Opacification (PCO) can occur, impacting vision. At Peachtree Ophthalmology, we employ advanced treatments like YAG laser to address PCO and ensure ongoing clear vision: 

  1. What is PCO: Posterior Capsule Opacification is a common occurrence following cataract surgery. It involves the clouding of the thin, clear membrane (posterior capsule) that holds the artificial intraocular lens (IOL) in place. PCO can cause visual symptoms similar to those of a cataract, such as blurred or hazy vision.
  2. YAG Laser Treatment: YAG laser capsulotomy is a safe and effective outpatient procedure used to treat PCO. The YAG laser creates an opening in the clouded posterior capsule, allowing light to pass through and restoring clear vision. The procedure is quick, typically taking only a few minutes.
  3. Indications for YAG Laser: YAG laser treatment is performed when PCO significantly affects vision or causes visual discomfort. It is important to note that not all individuals who undergo cataract surgery will develop PCO, and the need for YAG laser treatment varies among patients.
  4. Non-Invasive Procedure: YAG laser capsulotomy is a non-invasive procedure that is performed in the office. The laser is focused precisely on the clouded area of the posterior capsule, creating a small opening without the need for incisions or sutures.
  5. Rapid Improvement in Vision: Patients often experience a rapid improvement in vision following YAG laser capsulotomy. The procedure is well-tolerated, and visual recovery is typically swift, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities soon after.
  6. Monitoring and Follow-Up: After YAG laser treatment, patients undergo follow-up examinations to ensure the success of the procedure and monitor any changes in vision. Additional treatments are rarely needed, and the results are generally long-lasting.
  7. Personalized Patient Care: Dr. Washington and the team at Peachtree Ophthalmology provide personalized care, assessing each patient’s unique visual needs and recommending YAG laser treatment when necessary to optimize post-cataract surgery outcomes.
Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

If you’re experiencing changes in vision after cataract surgery or have concerns about PCO, schedule an appointment at Peachtree Ophthalmology for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment options. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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