I had cataract surgery on Monday and was told that I had PCO on Thursday after surgery. I noticed a problem the day after surgery when they took the shield off. It became more apparent after the dilation of the pupil wore off the following day. The haze became more noticable and the glare problems were markedly increased. I was told that I would need laser surgery in a few months to open up the casule. (Had 20/20 vision today, Thursday after surgery) I am 59, mild Fuchs Dystrophy, posterior subcapsular cataracts. Is PCO possible immediately after surgery? What causes it to occur so soon? Does the laser surgery affect the Fuchs? Will the laser surgery eliminate the haze and glare? How long should I wait after the cataract surgery to have the laser surgery for PCO? Many thanks for information.
It likely means there was a little bit of epicapsular material that was too difficult to remove during the surgery with what we call the polish technique. It is often safer to leave the stubborn (mild) material and not risk rupturing the capsule during surgery as doing the laser in 3 months or so is perfectly safe and acceptable. I would not worry too much about it.
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