posterior capsulotomy is a surgical laser procedure that may be necessary after
cataract surgery part of the front (anterior) capsule that holds the lens is
removed. The clear back (posterior) capsule remains intact. As long as that
capsule stays clear one has good vision. But in 10 to 30% of people, the
posterior capsule loses its clarity. When this happens, an opening can be made
in the capsule with a laser (posterior capsulotomy) to restore normal vision.
the laser procedure, the ophthalmologist does a thorough ophthalmic examination
to make sure there is no other reason for vision loss.
posterior capsulotomy is painless and takes five minutes. Eye pressure is taken
a half hour after the operation to make sure it is not elevated and antibiotic
drops are usually prescribed for three days following the procedure. Vision
should improve within hours.