Sometimes after cataract surgery patients experience a clouding of the elastic-like capsular bag that holds the Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) in place. This common condition, known as posterior capsular haze, occurs in as many as 40% of patients who undergo cataract surgery. Posterior capsular haze may occur months or years postoperatively and patient report decreased clarity in vision and increased glare.
- The posterior capsular haze can be simply treated using a YAG laser.
- Dilating drops are instilled and the laser is used to create an opening in the center of the cloudy capsule.
- Most patients notice an instant improvement in their vision, while others experience improvement over several days.
- It is an out-patient procedure and takes just minutes to perform.
- It is completely painless and does not involve any anesthesia.
- After the procedure is complete, your vital signs and intraocular pressure will be assessed and you will be free to return to normal activity for the rest of the day.
Yag Laser Capsulotomy is an extremely safe procedure especially if done in our Fort Lauderdale office, but like all surgical interventions, there are potential complications. Fortunately, these are uncommon.