Original Article

The Efficacy and Reliability of Capsulovitrectomy for Posterior Capsule Opacification


  • Handan Bardak
  • Yavuz Bardak

Received Date: 20.05.2014 Accepted Date: 05.08.2014 Turk J Ophthalmol 2015;45(1):1-4


To investigate the efficiency and reliability of capsulovitrectomy (CV) for posterior capsule opacification (PCO) following cataract operation.

Ma­te­ri­als and Met­hods:

In this retrospective study, we included 32 eyes of 30 patients with PCO between January 2009 and June 2013 and could not get effective Nd:YAG laser treatment. Pars plana or limbal CV operations were performed at least 6 months after the cataract operation.


In these 30 patients, female/male ratio was 17/13 and average age was 44.7 years (4.00-71.00 years). Diagnoses before the cataract operation were as follows: pediatric cataract in 8 eyes (25%), complicated cataract in 15 eyes (46.87%) [diabetic vitrectomy in 12 eyes (37.5%), uveitis in 3 eyes (9.37%)], and senile cataract in 9 eyes (28.13%). The mean corrected visual acuity (CVA) before the CV operation was 1.34±0.71 (0.56-2.50), whereas it was 0.37±0.19 (0.00-0.70) (Log MAR) 6 months after CV. There was a significant difference (p=0.01 paired t-test) between preoperative and postoperative 6-month CVA. At postoperative 6th month, CVA was seen to increase in all eyes.


CV operation is an efficient and reliable method in PCO following cataract operation for those who cannot get effective Nd:YAG laser treatment.

Keywords: Posterior capsule opacification, capsulovitrectomy

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