What is YAG laser capsulotomy?

When your cataract was removed the cloudy lens of your eye was replaced with an intraocular lens or IOL. The IOL is placed exactly where your cataract was located in the posterior capsule. Over time the majority of people who have had cataract surgery develop a film on the posterior capsule. Months or even decades after cataract surgery, the posterior capsule can become cloudy and blur your vision. The procedure to create an opening in the posterior capsule is called YAG laser capsulotomy.

Do I need YAG laser capsulotomy?

If you have noticed that your vision is not as sharp and clear as it was after your cataract surgery, you may need YAG laser capsulotomy. The symptoms are similar to the ones you experienced when you had a cataract, such as glare and blurry vision.

What happens if it is determined that I should have a YAG laser capsulotomy?

This procedure does not involve going to the operating room, nor does it involve an incision in the eye. A laser which is a beam of amplified focused light energy can precisely, safely, and reliably create an opening in the posterior capsule. Dr. Schneider performs YAG laser capsulotomy in a special laser room in her office. The surgical coordinator will schedule your laser at your convenience.

What should I expect during and after the procedure?

First, your eye will be numbed and your pupil dilated with drops. A special contact lens will be placed on your eye. Your chin will rest on the laser stand just as it does when your eye is examined in the office. You may see flashes of light and the clicking of the laser as the laser enters your eye. You will not experience any pain. The laser passes through the front of the eye and the IOL without harming them. When the laser reaches the posterior capsule, a tiny opening is created. Your vision will be restored and you will see better within a few hours after the procedure once the dilation of the pupil has worn off. Once the posterior capsule has been opened, it will never cause your vision to become cloudy again.