Glare measurements before and after neodymium-YAG laser posterior capsulotomy

Am J Ophthalmol. 1985 Nov 15;100(5):708-13. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(85)90627-0.


We measured glare produced by opacified posterior capsules before and after neodymium-YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. In many eyes, particularly those with visual acuities of 20/200 or worse, glare threshold could not be determined. In 32 eyes with measurable preoperative glare, the median glare threshold improved from 45% to 12% and median visual acuity improved from 20/60 to 20/25. For 56 eyes the median postoperative glare threshold was also 12% and the median visual acuity improved from 20/80 to 20/25. Forty eyes achieved postoperative visual acuities of 20/25 or better, but in 16 eyes other ocular conditions limited visual acuity to 20/30 or worse. Glare and visual acuity were correlated preoperatively and usually improved concomitantly. One patient in whom wrinkles in a clear capsule produced streaks around bright lights had a glare threshold lower than other types of opacities. Capsulotomy improved the glare threshold and relieved the symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lens, Crystalline / physiopathology
  • Lens, Crystalline / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Vision Disorders / surgery*
  • Visual Acuity