During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL.) The IOL is placed in the lens capsule, which is a thin membrane that surrounds the lens. Sometimes weeks, months or even years after cataract surgery, this lens capsule itself becomes cloudy, causing vision to be hazy. This condition is called Posterior Capsule Opacification. In order to remove this cloudiness and restore clear vision, a procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy, also known as Yag Laser Capsulotomy, is needed.
The Yag Laser Capsulotomy is performed by Dr. Victor The Eye Institute at Boswell, a nearby outpatient facility. The procedure itself takes seconds to complete. Eye drops are used to numb the eyes and dilate the pupils. A laser is used to create an opening in the cloudy lens capsule, allowing light to flow through to the retina, giving the patient clear vision once again. Patients do not need to abstain from eating or drinking before the procedure and are able to drive themselves to and from the surgery center.
If you have had cataract surgery in the past, and notice your vision becoming cloudy or hazy, call our office to schedule a consultation to determine if your vision can be improved with a Yag Laser Capsulotomy.