YAG Capsulotomy

WHAT IS POSTERIOR CAPSULE OPACIFICATION?

Posterior capsule opacification can occur any time after cataract surgery. During cataract surgery the intraocular lens (IOL) is placed into the natural membranous "bag" that is called the lens capsule. In a significant number of people, the back of the lens capsule will become cloudy. This will create the impression of a cataract returning.

WHAT IS A YAG CAPSULOTOMY?

"YAG" refers to the type of laser that is used. This laser is aimed at the back of the lens, where the cloudy membrane is located. A contact lens is placed on the eye to help focus the laser. When the laser is fired, it breaks the membrane open, clearing up the back of the lens. The procedure takes about 5 minutes to complete.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF YAG CAPSULOTOMY?

YAG Capsulotomy is a painless and very safe procedure. There are minimal risks involved, but the most common side effects are eye inflammation and increased eye pressure. Drops will be instilled in the eye after the procedure to prevent these and you will be given a drop to use 4 times per day for 4 days to prevent inflammation. Very rare adverse effects include retinal detachment and shifting of the IOL.

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