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Posterior capsule opacification and Nd-YAG laser capsulotomy

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First Author: Z.Kapsala GREECE

Co Author(s): D. Pagoulatos   C. Georgakopoulos                 

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To estimate the incidence of posterior capsule opacification (PCO) after phacoemulcification and the incidence of complications of Nd-YAG laser capsulotomy.


Ippokratio General Hospital of Athens and University Hospital of Patras, Greece.


Medical records of 138 eyes of 97 patients with PCO that underwent Nd-YAG laser capsulotomy between January 2016 and March 2017 were reviewed for this retrospective study. Mean age of patients was 71 ± 7 years and mean follow-up period was 10 ± 4 months. All eyes had undergone an uncomplicated standard phacoemulsification with implantation of acrylic foldable intraocular lens.


Nine eyes out of the total 138 eyes (6.5%) presented PCO during the mentioned follow-up period and underwent Nd-YAG laser capsulotomy. Best corrected visual acuity was fully recovered after this procedure. One of the eyes presented high intraocular pressure (34mmHg) that was well controlled with topical anti-glaucoma drugs. None of the treated eyes presented inflammation, cystoid macular edema or other topical complication associated with the laser treatment.


Although Nd: YAG laser capsulotomy is a fast, noninvasive procedure providing immediate recovery of visual acuity, it could be rarely accompanied by complications.

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