Does a small central Nd: YAG posterior capsulotomy improve peripheral fundal visualisation for the vitreoretinal surgeon?

Niall Patton, Tariq M Aslam, Harry G Bennett, Baljean Dhillon

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:
To evaluate the effect of Nd:YAG capsulotomy for posterior capsular opacification (PCO) on visualisation of the peripheral fundus with scleral indentation.
METHODS:
Patients undergoing Nd:YAG capsulotomy for PCO were examined pre- and four weeks post- Nd:YAG capsulotomy. In order to give a quantitative measure of visualisation of the peripheral retina, a novel scalar measurement was developed. Changes in the degree of visualisation following Nd:YAG capsulotomy were calculated.
RESULTS:
There was a significant improvement in fundal visualisation of the retinal periphery with scleral indentation following Nd:YAG capsulotomy (p = 0.001).
CONCLUSION:
Peripheral fundal visualisation with scleral indentation improves following a small central Nd:YAG capsulotomy. This finding is important in relation to the detection of peripheral pseudophakic retinal breaks, particularly in those patients deemed at high risk following Nd:YAG capsulotomy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalBMC Ophthalmology
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract
  • Female
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • laser therapy
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • OPHTHALMOLOGY
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Pseudophakia
  • Retinal perforations
  • Sclera

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