Type of Surgery
Last updated: 02/17/2009
After a laser capsulotomy, the patient will remain in the office for one to four hours so that the pressure in the eye can be evaluated. The patient can then resume normal everyday activities. After surgery, pressure-lowering eyedrops may be used for...
a week, if the intraocular pressure is raised significantly after the procedure. Cycloplegic agents to keep the pupil dilated and to prevent spasm of the muscles in the iris, and steroids to reduce inflammation may also be prescribed for up to a week. Follow-up visits are scheduled at one day, one week, one month, three months, and six months after capsulotomy.
Laser posterior capsulotomy, or YAG laser capsulotomy, is a noninvasive procedure performed on the eye to remove the opacification (cloudiness) that develops on the posterior capsule of the lens of the eye after extraction of a cataract. This differs from the anterior capsulotomy that the surgeon makes during cataract extraction to remove a cataract and implant an intraocular lens (IOL). Laser posterior capsulotomy is performed with Nd:YAG laser, which uses a wavelength to disrupt the opacification on the posterior lens capsule. The energy emitted from the laser forms a hole in the lens capsule, removing a central area of the opacification. This posterior capsule opacification (PCO) is also referred to as a secondary cataract.
Surgeons aim for results of 20/20 or better so that you can perform most daily activities without your glasses. However, there is a possibility that after surgery, you may need to wear reading glasses or corrective lenses for at least some activities.
-Eye Surgery Education Council
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