Now with 3 locations in Colorado! We’re proud to announce our new location in Erie and welcome Dr. Noguchi to our team! 

Boulder Eye Surgeons- Arapahoe

4745 Arapahoe Ave. #100, Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 444-3000

Boulder Eye Surgeons/Panorama LASIK

1810 30th St. Suite B, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 499-2020
(Formerly Boulder Eyes/Beyer LASIK)

Boulder Eye Surgeons - Erie

101 Erie Parkway, Suite 202, Erie, CO 80516
(720) 526-0010


Laser for Secondary Cataracts

What is Laser for Secondary Cataracts?

Cataracts Treatment

A laser for secondary cataracts (posterior capsulotomy) is a surgical laser procedure that may be necessary after cataract surgery.

During cataract surgery part of the front (anterior) capsule that holds the lens is removed. The clear back (posterior) capsule remains intact. As long as that capsule stays clear one has good vision. But in 10 to 30% of people, the posterior capsule loses its clarity. The symptoms from this may be very similar to those that occurred prior to the cataract surgery. Some patients may feel like the cataract is “coming back.” Even though the symptoms are similar, it is much easier to treat this scarring of the posterior capsule. An opening is made in the capsule with a laser (posterior capsulotomy) to restore normal vision.

laser for secondary cataracts
A laser is a quick and painless procedure that can remove scar tissue formed following cataract surgery

A posterior capsulotomy is painless and takes five minutes. Eye pressure is taken an hour after the operation to make sure it is not elevated. Potential but rare complications following laser posterior capsulotomy are increased intraocular pressure and retinal detachment. Symptoms typically improve within a day following the procedure. Once performed, it is unusual to have to perform a laser posterior capsulotomy a second time on the same eye.

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Our Doctors

Boulder Eye Surgeons has been providing comprehensive medical and surgical eye care since 1997. We help patients of all ages in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, and throughout Colorado to achieve and maintain clear vision. Our goal is to provide professional, compassionate and customized eye care to every patient, every time. We strive to understand your needs and exceed your expectations.

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Due to an office-wide system outage, Boulder Eye Surgeons will be operating on paper charts, and you may expect some delays (*Emergent cases will be prioritized).  If you would like to reschedule your appointment for a later time, our staff will be happy to assist you.  We will contact patients for non-urgent appointment scheduling once the system is back up and running. Thank you for your understanding.

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