YAG Capsulotomy

A YAG capsulotomy is a simple laser procedure used to correct PCO (posterior capsule opacification). PCO is the most common complication following cataract surgery and results in the patient’s vision becoming cloudy again.

Unlike cataracts, this clouding is on the back lining of the eye’s lens capsule, which is left in place during cataract surgery to support the intraocular lens (IOL) implant. This clouding may appear as soon as several months after surgery or as long as several years. The YAG capsulotomy treatment is used to quickly and safely treat this issue with excellent results.

  • YAG Capsulotomy Procedure and Recovery

    During the YAG capsulotomy procedure, a specialized laser removes the cloudy part of the capsule. The process is performed in office and takes only 2-3 minutes to complete.

    Patients typically see an immediate improvement in their sight. You may experience “floaters” following the YAG procedure, but these generally resolve after a few weeks.

    Any risks of a YAG capsulotomy will be discussed with you by the skilled doctors at ICON Eyecare both before the procedure and at follow up visits. If your vision is becoming cloudy again following cataract surgery please let us know and we will guide you through the process of restoring your vision.

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