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YAG Laser Capsulotomy

The most complication following cataract surgery is posterior capsule opacity (PCO). During the surgery the cloudy lens is removed but the thin membrane surrounding it, called the lens capsule, is preserved. PCO happens when that capsule becomes clouded by new cell growth. 

YAG laser capsulotomy is a simple, safe, fast procedure where a hole is made in the capsule, allowing light to come through and restoring vision. 

What to expect

The procedure is outpatient and there is little to no discomfort. We will use anesthetic drops to numb the eye. The patient sits at a machine similar to one used in a standard eye exam. A laser is used to open a hole in the lens capsule. 


There is no risk of swelling or infection, and vision should begin to improve within a few hours. Complications are rare, but in some cases retinal detachment can occur. Call us right away if you experience pain, swelling, or loss of vision.

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