Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences

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Non-Laser Management of Post-Extraction Opacification of the Posterior Capsule.

J M Waziri-Erameh, A E Omoti, C N Pedro-Egbe


The objective of this study is to describe an alternative procedure to laser for the management of posterior capsule opacifications after extra capsular cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. Thirty-one patients with posterior capsule opacification had non-laser secondary capsulotomy. The procedure was performed with the aid of a 25 G capsulotomy needle through the opening of the peripheral iridectomy after injection of visco elastic between the posterior capsule and the intraocular lens. There was improvement in the visual acuity of all the patients and there was no significant intraoperative or postoperative complications. The technique described provides an alternative to Nd: yag Laser capsulotomy particularly in centers that do not have yag laser facilities.

Keywords: Non Laser, Posterior Capsulotomy, Opacification.

Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences Vol. 17 (2) 2007: pp. 101-104
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