As a postoperative complication to cataract surgery [extracapsular extraction (ECCE), phacoemulsification (KPE)], the posterior capsule (PC) of the lens often becomes opacified with plaque, Elschnig's pearls, or fibrotic bands, resulting in decreased visual acuity (VA). A Q-switched Nd:YAG ophthalmic laser was used to perform noninvasive micropuncturing of the posterior capsule. Two hundred thirteen patients (195 with existing intraocular lenses) underwent laser capsulotomy within a 14-month clinical study. These patients were followed over a 6-month postcapsulotomy period. Findings indicate excellent restored VA with minimal ocular complications.
Received June 5, 1984; revision received October 17, 1984.
* Optometrist, Ph.D., F.A.A.O.
Joel C. Axt
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