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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

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RODRIGUEZ MORFFI, Eldis Eliecer et al. Use of Nd-Yag laser in patients with posterior capsule opacification. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.1, pp.90-98. ISSN 0864-2176.

Objective: to determine the visual outcome of the posterior capsulotomy in patients with posterior capsule opacification Methods: adescriptive and cross-sectional study conducted in the National Ophthalmology Hospital of Port Mourant in Guyana, from March 2009 to July 2010. The universe of study was made up of 54 patients who had been operated on from cataract by Blumenthal technique six months earlier and presented with posterior capsule opacification. The variables were age, sex, opacity type, transoperative complications and the corrected visual acuity before and after the capsulotomy. The information was gathered from operative reports and medical histories. Results: prevalence of females with more than 60 years of age. Half of the patients had corrected visual lower than or equal to 20/60 before the treatment. The most diagnosed capsular opacity was Elsching pearls (68.5 %). Just 16.7 % of the patients suffered complications, being the transient rise of the intraocular pressure the most frequent. Of the sample, 81.5 % of patients reached corrected vision of 20/20 after the posterior capsulotomy Conclusion: posterior capsulotomy with Nd-Yag laser is a valuable procedure for the patients with posterior capsule opacification, since it remarkably improves visual acuity with minimum complications.

Keywords : posterior capsule opacification; posterior capsulotomy; Nd-YAG laser; Elsching pearls.

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