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Yag Capsulotomy

In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens from your eye (the cataract) is replaced with an artificial lens. In about 40% of cataract surgery patients, the thin membrane behind the lens (called the posterior capsule) can become hazy. The body’s natural healing response causes the haze to form. Much like a cataract, your vision becomes blurred, that’s why posterior capsule opacity is also called or known as “secondary cataract.”

Kevin M. Barber, M.D. on YAG Capsulotomy

The YAG laser capsulotomy is a fast, simple and effective procedure that is painless.

We start the procedure by dilating your pupils. Once dilated, you will consult with your physician to discuss the risks, benefits and what to expect during and post YAG laser. A small lens will be placed on your eye to help the physician to focus the laser to remove the haze. The procedure only takes a few moments to perform.

After the procedure you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. You’ll be able to go home and resume normal activities. It is common for patients to notice an immediate improvement after their YAG laser capsulotomy treatment, but most will see their vision improve within a day. A YAG capsulotomy only needs to be performed one time. There is a chance that you may experience “floaters” in your vision for a few weeks afterwards, but serious side effects with YAG laser capsulotomy are very rare.

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