Yag Capsulotomy in McKinney & Allen
Restore Vision In Your Eyes
One common occurrence that may arise after cataract surgery is posterior capsule opacification. Sometimes referred to as a “secondary cataract,” this complication occurs when the outer lens capsule clouds or wrinkles up, interfering with your vision. Posterior capsulotomy, or YAG capsulotomy, is a laser procedure useful in the treatment of recurring cloudiness from prior intraocular lens implantation. This surgical procedure does not require the removal of the affected capsule, but rather involves creating an opening that allows for proper light passage to the retina and ultimately restores your vision.
Benefits of the Yag Capsulotomy Procedure
Yag capsulotomy is a procedure commonly used to treat posterior capsular opacification, a common complication following cataract surgery. Some benefits of Yag capsulotomy include:
- Improved Vision: Restoring clear vision impaired by clouding of the lens capsule.
- Non-invasive: It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
- Quick Recovery: Patients typically experience a swift recovery with minimal discomfort.
What Happens During Posterior Capsulotomy?
YAG Capsulotomy is an outpatient procedure that generally takes no more than 5 minutes to complete.
An overview of the procedure is as follows:
Anesthetic drops will be administered, and some other drops to dilate the pupil if necessary
Using an Nd:YAG laser, your ophthalmologist will incise an opening in the clouded lining, thus allowing the light to reach the retina unhindered.
Once the final evaluation has been completed, most patients are able to resume to their regular routines, including operating a vehicle. If there are any restrictions then your ophthalmologist will notify you
Depending on your condition post-surgery, your eyecare provider may require the use of topical medication for up to a week following the procedure
Given that there are no other vision conditions that affect your eye health, you should see improvement in your eyesight within 24 hours.
What Are the Most Common Yag Capsulotomy Side Effects?The most common side effect of YAG laser capsulotomy is a temporary increase of the intraocular pressure.
Other possible risks and complications include:
Retinal detachment that can ultimately lead to vision loss
Macular edema that swells the center of the retina
Intraocular lens damage or displacement
Increased swelling that may require steroid eye drops
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