• Should you have YAG before having cataract surgery on the second eye?


    Question:

    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?


    Answer:

    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.


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