Should you have YAG before having cataract surgery on the second eye?
JUN 23, 2019
If a patient has PCO (posterior capsule opacification) in her eye after cataract surgery, should that eye be repaired with YAG laser (or posterior capsulotomy) first, or should I have cataract surgery on the fellow eye first?
If the PCO (when vision becomes cloudy shortly after cataract surgery) is bothering your vision significantly, have the YAG first. With YAG, or posterior capsulotomy, a laser makes an opening in the cloudy capsule holding your artificial lens and restores clear vision. It literally takes less than a minute with no restrictions afterward. You can plan to have the cataract surgery in the next days or week. There’s no harm in waiting to have the YAG either.