In some cases after cataract surgery patients begin to notice cloudiness again. A common, non-invasive laser procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy may be recommended and performed by an ophthalmologist at Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron to remove the cloudiness.
During cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). The thin membrane that held the lens in place prior to the surgery, called a capsule, is left intact to hold the implanted IOL in place. This capsule helps in the stability of the IOL after surgery. Sometimes, however the back portion of the capsule, referred as posterior, becomes cloudy over time. A Posterior Capsulotomy is performed to remove the cloudiness.
During a Posterior Casulotomy, a laser is used to create a small opening in the capsule. This opening allows light rays to pass through, and returns the patient’s vision. The procedure requires no injections or needles and takes approximately five minutes once the patient’s eye has been completely prepared for the procedure. There is no pain during the procedure. Most patients resume normal activities immediately.
As with any medical procedure, there is risk of complications with Posterior Capsulotomy. Complications are extremely rare. Discussions on Posterior Capsulotomy are available to all patients at Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care of Center Port Huron.