In-office YAG laser capsulotomy
After cataract surgery, the living lens cells sharing the space inside the lens capsule with the new intraocular lens implant may continue to multiply and spread throughout the lens capsule. This is known as posterior capsule opacification, “secondary cataract,” or “aftercataract.” It is an essentially normal healing response and may occur at any time from one day until decades after the cataract surgery, although it tends not to bother most patients until around three years on average after the cataract surgery. It results in symptoms similar to the original cataract – glare, blurring, haloes, etc.
A certain percentage of patients will elect to have the posterior capsule opacification treated by YAG (Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet) laser capsulotomy, which most often cures the condition permanently.
While some physicians require patients to have the YAG laser performed at a surgery center or hospital, with the associated logistical difficulties with scheduling, parking, registration, billing, etc., Ophthalmology Associates is proud to offer in-office YAG laser, which requires no anesthesia other than anesthetic eye drops, and is just a one-minute procedure. In addition, there are no restrictions on the patient’s activity after the procedure!