About YAG Laser Capsulotomy
YAG laser capsulotomy is a frequently performed procedure that is sometimes needed following cataract removal surgery. During cataract surgery (laser or traditional), the clouded lens impacted by cataracts is taken out; however, the structure that holds the new lens in its position is left intact. Sometimes, this structure, which is also called a sac or capsule, can develop cloudiness several months or years after cataract removal surgery by a process called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). While this can be bothersome and alarm some patients, PCO can be easily treated with a noninvasive laser treatment called a capsulotomy.
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform YAG laser capsulotomies for patients experiencing clouded vision after their cataract surgery. If you've noticed cloudy vision develop once again, we encourage you to get in touch with one of our Central PA offices to schedule a thorough eye evaluation. Depending on your condition, you could benefit from receiving this fast, easy procedure.
Best Candidates for YAG Laser Capsulotomy
Ideal candidates for a YAG capsulotomy are patients who have received cataract removal surgery (either laser or traditional) and are now noticing cloudy vision once more. Sometimes, individuals may think they have developed cataracts again; however, this is impossible because the natural lens is removed and cannot develop cataracts again. To determine if you qualify for this procedure, we will conduct a detailed eye examination and assess your general health. If your cataract surgery was successful with no complications, you may be a great candidate for this procedure. There are a few disorders that might affect your candidacy, such as:
- Macular edema
- High intraocular pressure
- Retinal tears or detachment
- Active or chronic uveitis
What to expect with YAG Laser Capsulotomy
While your consultation could take place at nearly any of our Central PA offices, our ophthalmologists commonly perform YAG capsulotomy at our surgical facility in Allenwood. This procedure is a noninvasive outpatient treatment that can usually be finished in 20 minutes or less. Before your surgery, a member of our team will place anesthetic and dilation drops into the treated eye. After the drops have taken effect, we will ask you to sit still as one of our skilled ophthalmologists guides the advanced YAG laser to a planned location toward the back of the sac. Using this laser, a microscopic hole will be made into the sac to allow light to pass through more easily, which will diminish or eradicate the cloudiness.
YAG Laser Capsulotomy Follow-Up
Our team at The Eye Center of Central PA may ask our patients to attend a follow-up appointment as needed. These checkups may be used to assess your eye health and determine if the surgery has worked as expected. The majority of individuals report little to no discomfort following a capsulotomy. If you do experience any pain, it should dissipate over the following days. We may provide additional post-operative instructions, but you should be able to resume your normal activities as early as the next day. Many men and women notice an improvement to their vision as soon as 24 hours after their surgery.
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after cataracts surgery
At The Eye Center of Central PA, we know that experiencing cloudy, blurry vision after cataract removal surgery may be worrying or frustrating. However, it's essential to keep in mind that cataracts cannot return once the natural lens has been removed. Instead, this development is most likely due to posterior capsule opacification (PCO), which can occur in the capsule that used to hold the cataract lens. If you received cataract surgery in the past and are how noticing blurred vision, contact one of our offices throughout Central PA and set up your consultation.