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YAG Laser Capsulotomy

YAG Laser Capsulotomy is a simple and effective solution for restoring clear vision following cataract surgery.

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CONDITION

YAG Laser Capsulotomy

What is YAG Laser Capsulotomy?

YAG (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) Laser Capsulotomy is a safe and effective medical procedure used to treat a common issue that can develop following cataract surgery. It addresses a condition known as posterior capsule opacification (PCO) or secondary cataract. This condition can cause blurred vision, glare, and difficulty seeing fine details, similar to the symptoms of the original cataract.

TREATMENT

YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Why YAG Laser Capsulotomy is Needed:

After cataract surgery, a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in place of the clouded natural lens. However, over time, cells from the outer lens capsule can multiply and migrate onto the IOL's posterior surface, leading to PCO. This clouding of the lens capsule can affect vision, but it is treatable with YAG Laser Capsulotomy.

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PROCEDURE

What to Expect

Preparation

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes only a few minutes. You will receive numbing eye drops to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Laser Application

Your eye care specialist will use a YAG laser to create a small, precise opening in the cloudy lens capsule behind the IOL.

The laser generates a focused beam of light that safely and precisely removes the clouded tissue.

Immediate Improvement

Many patients experience an immediate improvement in their vision following the procedure, with clear vision and a reduction in glare.

Post-Operative Care

After the YAG Laser Capsulotomy, you may experience some floaters, which are tiny specks or spots in your vision. These are usually temporary. You may be prescribed anti-inflammatory eye drops for a few days to prevent any inflammation or pressure elevation in the eye.

Follow-Up

You will have a follow-up appointment with your eye care specialist to ensure your eye is healing as expected.

Benefits of YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Improved Vision

The procedure effectively clears PCO, improving your vision and reducing glare and blurriness.

Quick and Painless

YAG Laser Capsulotomy is generally quick, painless, and does not require sutures.

Minimal Recovery

Most patients can resume their normal activities soon after the procedure.

PROCEDURE

Risks and Considerations

YAG Laser Capsulotomy is a low-risk procedure, but there can be potential side effects, such as an increase in eye pressure or retinal detachment. Your consultant will discuss these potential risks with you during your consultation.

Conclusion:

YAG Laser Capsulotomy is a straightforward and effective solution for addressing posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and restoring clear vision following cataract surgery. If you experience symptoms like blurred vision, glare, or difficulty seeing fine details, consult with your eye care specialist. 

We can provide a detailed assessment to discuss your needs and what would be suitable for you.
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