Although chances are great that your cataract surgery will go just fine and you will suffer no complications what so ever, when dealing with any surgical procedure, there is always a chance that something may arise. While cataract surgery complications are generally rare, among the most common which may occur is called Posterior Capsule Opacity. Occasionally, some people who have had a cataract removed will develop a clouding of the posterior lens capsule, the lining that surrounds the back part of the lens. If this clouding does develop, a Posterior Capsulotomy can be performed to disrupt and clear the capsule with what is known as a Nd-YAG laser. This procedure is generally quite quick and painless and allows the patient clearer vision usually within hours.
A Little Bit About Posterior Capsule Opacity
The signs and symptoms will be mild and generally become more pronounced over time. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Blurred Vision
- Glare from sun and other lights
- Gradual decrease in overall vision
Diagnosis is simple and can be diagnosed during a routine eye exam using the right equipment. For this reason, it is imperative that you keep your eye care professional informed as to issues regarding your eyes, past surgeries and issues you may be having as well.
As previously mentioned, the most common solution to treating the Posterior Capsule Opacity is by using a Nd-YAG Laser. Otherwise known as a neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet, this technology is especially common for eye issues such as this but can also be used for other types of medical procedures as well. In more serious cases where the posterior capsules are very thick, a manual capsulectomy may also be performed.
While the outcome may take more or less time depending on the severity and the patient, the results tend to be quite good for all those who undergo this procedure. If you have had cataract surgery and are experiencing any symptoms which concern you, it is important that you schedule an appoint with your eye doctor right away. You may contact us at 1-877-SEE-2020 or can schedule an appointment online today.
Alpine Eye Care specializes in eye surgeries, procedures and regular eye care and is located in Grayling, Gaylord and Cheboygan MI.