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Post Cataract Surgery - YAG Laser Capsulotomy

One of the most common problems after cataract surgery is clouding of the membrane around the lens. The membrane is referred to as the posterior capsule, and once the membrane becomes cloudy/opacified, the condition is termed posterior capsule opacification. A cloudy posterior capsule causes blurry vision, but this condition can be treated easily and safely with a laser treatment in our Jefferson City office. 

During cataract surgery, Capitol Eye Care cataract surgeon removed the cloudy natural lens of your eye (the cataract) and replaced it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Much of the thin clear membrane that surrounds the natural lens (called the lens capsule) was left intact during surgery, and the IOL was implanted within it. When the cataract was removed, your surgeon made every attempt to maintain the integrity of the lens capsule so that the IOL is held and protected.

In about 40-50% of patients, the posterior portion of the capsule becomes hazy after cataract surgery, causing posterior capsule opacification. This occurs because cells within the eye grow on the capsule. In some cases, if the condition progresses significantly, your vision may be worse than it was before cataract surgery.

Treating Posterior Capsule Opacity With a YAG Laser

Fortunately, a YAG laser can treat posterior capsule opacity safely, effectively and painlessly. This procedure, known as YAG laser capsulotomy, allows for the clear passage of light through the pupil into the eye. Barring any rare complications such as detachment of the retina, vision is restored in a matter of hours.

YAG laser capsulotomy Involves Just a Few Steps:

  • Dilation of the eye is done with eye drops.
  • A laser removes the hazy posterior capsule from your line of sight without making an incision or touching the eye.
  • Drops may be given after the procedure to reduce inflammation.
  • The procedure takes only a few minutes and is painless.

Following a YAG laser capsulotomy, you may resume normal activities immediately. You may experience some floaters (or spots in your vision) afterward. These will likely resolve within a few weeks.