YAG Capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that is designed to correct posterior capsule opacification after initial cataract surgery. Posterior capsule opacification is the clouding of the posterior capsule, which covers the lens of the eye. This is often called a secondary cataract. However, that term can be misleading. The cataract, once removed, does not return. Instead, the membrane that covers the lens becomes cloudy or hazy, resulting in a loss of visual acuity. YAG laser capsulotomy in Plano, Texas removes the cloudy capsule to restore lost vision. Once the cloudy section of the posterior capsule is removed, it will not grow back. This eliminates the need for further surgeries on the capsule.
The reasons individuals seek YAG laser capsulotomy are often the same reasons they sought the initial cataract surgery. Those reasons include loss of visual acuity, sensitivity to bright lights or glare, especially while driving at night, and double-vision.
YAG laser surgery with our eye surgeons is an outpatient procedure that is generally performed after the administration of numbing drops and eye dilation drops. During the procedure, you will be asked to remain still and not move your eyes. If there is a reason that you would be unable to sit still, sedation may be needed.
Next, our surgeon will use a laser to remove the posterior capsule, which will restore clear vision. During the procedure, you should not notice any pain or discomfort, and it only takes a few minutes to complete.
After the procedure, you will be asked to wait in a waiting room for a short period of time. This is so that our surgeon can periodically measure the pressure inside your eye and ensure you are not experiencing any immediate complications. Once you are released, you are free to conduct your day as normal.
YAG laser capsulotomy is considered a safe procedure. However, it is a surgical procedure, so it does have some risks. Common complications include a temporary increase in eye pressure and floaters. Both of these conditions should improve after a few days to a few weeks.
Serious complications include retinal swelling or detachment, corneal edema, bleeding and a shifting or displacement of the artificial lens. The procedure should not cause pain at any point. If you experience pain, blurry vision or any other odd symptoms, you should immediately schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists.
After your YAG laser capsulotomy at our ophthalmology clinic in Plano, TX, our ophthalmologist may recommend anti-inflammatory drops. We may also schedule a follow-up appointment to check your eyes and examine the surgery site to make sure there are no complications.
To learn more about how YAG laser capsulotomy can help you, contact our ophthalmology clinic in Plano, TX at (972) 379-3937.