Laser capsulotomy

After cataract surgery the membrane which supports the lens implant (the posterior capsule) can gradually become cloudy. This is known as posterior capsule opacification and can cause a gradual reduction in quality of vision. This is significant in around 5-10% of patients after cataract surgery, usually several years after the surgery and can be treated effectively and quickly with laser (YAG laser capsulotomy).

 

The laser creates a small opening in the posterior capsule so that the line of sight becomes clear again and quality of vision is restored. The treatment only takes a few minutes, after which patients often notice some temporary floaters. Once the floaters resolve, vision is usually clear again.

 

This treatment carries very low risk and usually only a single treatment is ever needed.

Lens implant in place after cataract surgery

Clouding of posterior capsule (grey area)

Laser creating opening in posterior capsule

For more information on posterior capsule opacification or to arrange a consultation please contact us.

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