• If I don't have the posterior capsulotomy procedure will my vision get worse?


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    If I don't have the posterior capsulotomy procedure will my vision get worse?


    Answer:

    Posterior capsular opacity (PCO, or “secondary cataract”) occurs in as many as half of patients who have had cataract surgery. PCO is more common with certain lens implants, with certain surgical techniques and with length of time after surgery. The posterior capsule is a living membrane that holds the eye’s natural lens. Lens cells can grow over the capsule after surgery, causing blurred vision and glare from lights. Once it starts, PCO will often worsen, causing your vision to decrease. In this situation, laser posterior capsulotomy is recommended to restore your vision. Fortunately, this laser is quick, painless and usually has a low risk of complications.


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