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YAG LaserSometimes after cataract surgery a thin membrane develops behind the intraocular lens implant. This common post operative condition is called posterior capsule opacity. This is not a new cataract and can easily be dissolved with the aid of a YAG laser. If you get blurry vision after cataract surgery (this can happen even years later) discuss this with your Middlesex Eye Physician cataract surgeon.

Treating Posterior Capsule Opacity with a YAG Laser

A YAG laser can treat posterior capsule opacity safely, effectively and painlessly. This procedure, known as YAG laser capsulotomy, is performed in the Middlesex Eye Physicians' office on an outpatient basis

YAG laser capsulotomy involves just a few simple steps:

  1. Dilation of the eye is done with eye drops.
  2. A laser removes the hazy posterior capsule from your line of sight without making an incision or touching the eye.
  3. Drops may be given after the procedure to reduce inflammation.
  4. The procedure takes only a few minutes and is painless.

Following a YAG laser capsulotomy, patients may resume normal activities immediately. There is a possibility that patients may experience floaters (or spots in vision) after the procedure. These will likely resolve within a few weeks.

Most people can expect their vision to improve within a day. As with any eye procedure, however, call your eye doctor immediately if vision worsens or fails to improve.

YAG Laser Capsulotomy Risks

Although a YAG laser capsulotomy poses slight additional risks, overall the procedure is extremely safe. The most important risk is that the retina can become detached from the inner back of the eye. This complication is rare, with or without the laser procedure.

Statistics suggest that the lifetime risk of a detached retina after cataract surgery is about 1 percent. That number rises to about 2% after YAG laser capsulotomy. It is important to be aware of these risks and notify your doctor if you notice any new flashing lights or floaters.