Posterior Capsule Opacification (PCO) is a condition that develops following cataract surgery, or a Reflective Lens Exchange procedure.
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What Is PCO - Posterior Capsule Opacification?

Thankfully, the success rate of these types of surgery is very good, and complications only occur in around 1-2% of cases.

This condition can also be called ‘secondary cataract’ and displays the same cloudy appearance as a ‘senile’ cataract’ (can develop as a natural part of ageing) or ‘complex cataract’ (develops from trauma / injury or medical condition).
In the same way as cataracts, PCO can cause difficulty with sight, and the ability to focus clearly on near and far objects. PCO can particularly affect the central visual axis (the eye’s main fixation point), which can lead to difficulties with overall vision.

At Prema, we ensure that all patients are provided with appropriate aftercare advice, which may include eye drops, to ensure the risk of postoperative complications is minimal. Our follow-up appointments are arranged to monitor your healing, and the success of the surgery. If any patient is showing signs of further complications, this will be handled within the clinic by our experienced team.

What Are the Causes of PCO - Posterior Capsule Opacification?

Following cataract surgery it is possible for endothelial cells to regenerate and grow over the surface of the lens, causing it to thicken. This can result in the frosty-like vision that is characteristic of cataracts, and for many patients it may seem as though the cataract has returned.


What Is the Treatment for PCO - Posterior Capsule Opacification?

Treating PCO is a straightforward procedure that uses a YAG laser. This will help to create a gap at the back of the lens so light can reach the retina more effectively. Alternative treatment options include: antibiotic eye drops, sterile wipes and anti-inflammatory eye drops which will be prescribed according to the patient’s individual needs.

What concerns are related to PCO?

  • Difficulties with vision
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Cloudy vision, both near and far

Treatments Spotlight

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Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery has been performed for many years and is considered to be one of the oldest forms of eye surgery.

Laser Guided Cataract Surgery

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Laser Guided Cataract Surgery

Our laser guided cataract surgery uses femtosecond laser technology, known as FLACS which is one of the most accurate ways to safely remove cataracts.


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The most popular laser eye surgery is LASIK. It’s used to treat common concerns we refer to as refractive errors, including: astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia.

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