Posterior Capsulotomy

Posterior capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that may be necessary after cataract surgery. If your vision diminishes months after cataract surgery, it is important to consult your optometrist or surgeon. If a cloudy or wrinkled capsule (the cellophane-like lining around a cataract) is discovered, a posterior capsulotomy may be recommended.

What happens during Posterior Capsulotomy?

During posterior capsulotomy, a special laser is targeted at the back of the capsule to make a small opening. The procedure is painless and takes several minutes to complete. It is performed on an outpatient basis. You should notice improved vision quickly. Anti-inflammatory eye drops are often prescribed for three days following the procedure. Normal activities can usually be resumed immediately.

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Can there be complications?

As with any surgical procedure, complications in rare cases can arise, including:

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