Posterior Capsule Opacification

Sometimes called a ‘secondary cataract’, a posterior capsule opacity can occasionally occur after a cataract operation.

A posterior capsule opacity will only occur after cataract surgery. If you have recently had a cataract operation, and you have blurred, hazy vision, or see a lot of glare from lights, it may be because of a posterior capsule opacity.

Blurring and loss of vision from posterior capsule opacity is usually gradual, just as with real cataracts. While the symptoms are very similar to cataracts, there is no chance of an actual cataract re-forming after cataract surgery.

The treatment for posterior capsule opacity is very simple. A procedure called YAG laser capsulotomy is used to remove the haziness, and restore normal vision. It is a fast, painless and very effective treatment.