YAG Laser Capsulotomy
A common complication of cataract surgery is posterior capsule opacity (PCO). Sometimes incorrectly referred to as a secondary cataract, this is actually not a cataract but a hazing of the lens capsule (the clear membrane that surrounds your natural lens). PCO occurs when cells grow on the posterior part of the lens capsule. This can lead to vision loss in parts of your field of vision. The good news is that PCO can be easily and painlessly corrected in our office using the YAG laser capsulotomy procedure.
After dilating your eyes, our doctors use laser energy to permanently remove/vaporize the affected part of the lens capsule. Only one short laser treatment is necessary to restore clear vision. We may recommend anti-inflammatory eye drops to aid in the healing process. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately.