Posterior Capsulotomy

While we all hope that we have no further issues after any procudeure, especially those relating to our sight, the fact remains, often times, even a problem free procedure may encounter issues later on. One of these issues which may arise relates to cataract surgery. Some people can develop a  clouding of the posterior lens capsule (which is left behind when the cataract was removed, for placement of the IOL), which may compromise visual acuity. While this clouding may occur months or even years after the surgery, it will need to be resolved if and when it does happen.

Ophthalmologists can now safely and painlessly correct this issue using a laser device to make small holes in the posterior lens capsule of the crystalline. Referred to  as a posterior capsulotomy, this procedure is generally done in minutes. A quick outpatient procedure that uses a Nd-YAG laser (neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet) to disrupt and clear the central portion of the opacified posterior lens capsule (posterior capsulotomy), this creates a clear central visual axis for improving visual acuity.[13]. In very thick opacified posterior capsules, a surgical (manual) capsulectomy is the surgical procedure performed however in most cases, this procedure quickly and easily resolves the issues in the eyes and patients notice improvements within a day or two.

If you have had cataract surgery in the past and are now seeing a decrease in vision, an increased difficulty with glare and bright lights and/or a decreased ability to read and see far distances, you may benefit from a posterior capsulotomy. To find out if this procedure may help your vision, schedule an appointment right away to discuss your symptoms with a qualified ophthalmologist today.

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