Posterior capsule opacification is the most common complication of cataract surgery, occurring in about 25% of cataract surgery patients. Cataract operations involve the opening of the anterior/front portion of the lens capsule (which holds the intraocular lens) in order to remove the cataract.
Once the cataract is removed, the intraocular lens is inserted into the remaining posterior/rear portion of the capsule.
Posterior capsule opacification is caused by a post-operative proliferation of cells in the capsule bag; symptoms are similar to those from the original cataract which has led to posterior capsule opacification and is often referred to as a secondary cataract.
The condition can be treated by a simple procedure called YAG posterior capsulotomy, where a YAG laser is used to make a small aperture in the centre of the capsule which creates a clear area for light to enter the eye. The procedure is completely painless and requires no anaesthesia, with most patients noticing an immediate improvement in vision once the affects of the dilating drops have worn off.
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