Cataract Surgery Melbourne

Laser Capsulotomy

In some patients after successfully cataract surgery, the lens capsule becomes cloudy. Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. The artificial lens rests within the eye’s capsular bag. Over time this bag can cloud over, reducing the vision.


Typically, capsular clouding presents months to years after cataract surgery. If you noticed that cataract surgery improved your vision, but the vision has since deteriorated, you may have treatable capsular clouding.

Laser Capsulotomy treatment

Laser Capsulotomy is safe and painless. Dr Skalicky performs Laser Capsulotomy in his consulting rooms, with the patient seated comfortably in front of the laser machine. Some eye drops will be used prior to the laser procedure to open the pupil and provide mild anaesthesia. Gentle pulses of light are delivered through a specially-designed microscope. Laser removes the area of capsular clouding, creating a clear window in the capsular bag through which you can see. The entire process takes just a few minutes, and the results can be seen within hours.

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Stage 1: Cataract

4. cataract

Stage 2. Cataract surgery

3. artificial lens inserted following cataract surgery

Stage 3: Capsular clouding over time

6. capsular clouding

Stage 4: Laser Capsulotomy

 8. laser capsulotomy

Stage 5: Capsular Clouding removed

8. capsular clouding removed

Laser Capsulotomy Recovery

After the procedure there is no discomfort. You will be able to go home immediately after the treatment, and should be able to resume normal activities straight away.

Accreditations & Credentials

Dr Skalicky is an active clinician, surgeon, researcher, teacher, academic and health advocate who has published over 60 articles in international Ophthalmology journals. Known as an Ophthalmologist ahead of the times, Dr Skalicky’s career highlights are exceptional atypical for his age.