Yag Capsulotomy

Introduction

Yag Capsulotomy is a laser treatment that is often used to treat capsule thickening, a common side effect of cataract surgery. It is a relatively simple procedure and is considered to be one of the safest eye surgeries one can undergo.

When a patient has cataract surgery, the natural lens of their eye is removed and replaced with an artificial one. Capsule thickening, one of the most common after effects of the procedure, involves the thickening of the membrane surrounding this new artificial lens. The thickening results in clouding and interferes with light’s ability to reach the back of the eye and be translated into the images that we see. Fortunately, capsule thickening does not cause any long-term damage to the eye.

The most effective way to treat this side effect of cataract surgery is Yag Capsulotomy. Once a Yag Capsulotomy procedure has been performed, patients are generally able to see very well again in short order.

What to Expect

Yag Capsulotomy is a same-day outpatient procedure, meaning you will be home on the same day as your surgery. At the start of the procedure, your physician will put drops in your eye to dilate your pupil and numb your eyes. You will then be positioned in a chair outfitted with a specialized laser. After placing a mirrored lens on your eye to improve their ability to visualize the anatomy, your physician will use the laser to make a small hole in the membrane holding your new artificial lens to clear your vision.

Recovery

Most people can see an appreciable improvement in their vision in just a few days, while it can take others a few weeks for their vision to naturally return to normal. Fortunately, the recovery process for Yag Capsulotomy is relatively quick. You may experience slight pain and discomfort, as well as some blurriness from the drops. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for the remainder of the day, and it might be a good idea to have someone go home with you to help you get around. Finally, You should follow all of your physician’s discharge instructions, including the use of any medication and activity guidelines.

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