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Question:
After a posterior capsulotomy, what is the likelihood of complications such as detachment of the retina, increased intraocular pressure, or dislocation of the IOL?   

Answer:
The rate of complications after YAG laser capsulotomy is probably the lowest of all laser procedures—probably less than 1 percent and is generally necessary following all cataract surgeries. This clouding of the posterior capsule occurs anywhere from months to years after the cataract itself is removed. The only alternative to having the capsulotomy is to slowly have your vision get worse and worse over time. The procedure is quick, painless and generally results in the restoration of vision within hours of the procedure.

Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MDDr. Jeffrey Whitman

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Dec 08, 2012

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