YAG Capsulotomy Laser Surgery
A part of the lens, the capsule, is left in place during cataract surgery to help support the intraocular lens implant.
Frequently, through a normal process of cell regeneration, this capsule may turn cloudy. If this occurs, an instrument called the YAG Laser can remove the cloudy capsule. The treatment only takes a few minutes, and is performed using special light rays that pass into the eye through the clear cornea. The procedure is painless and does not require an incision. Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not removed with laser technology at this time. The YAG Laser procedure is not much different from having your eyes examined. The patient sits in a chair with their head in a support that looks just like the regular eye examination. Your surgeon focuses the YAG laser onto the cloudy posterior capsule using a special aiming beam. As the laser is activated to open the capsule, a serious of clicks may be heard. After the laser treatment, good vision returns right away.