What Is a YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Palm Beach Eye Center utilize laser-assisted technology by YAG laser to complete capsulotomy procedures after cataract removal. When undergoing cataract surgery, we remove a cloudy lens and replace it with a premium intraocular lens or IOL. However, sometimes the capsule that holds the lens develops a film because of protein buildup, and it could hinder your ability to see. Thanks to advancements in eye treatments, we can use the minimally invasive YAG laser to perform a posterior capsule opacification (PCO), which reduces a foggy lens and provides clearer vision. If you notice filmy eyesight, double vision, glares, or other symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL to receive additional information about YAG laser eye procedures.
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What Are the Benefits of YAG Laser?
The primary benefit of a laser capsulotomy with a YAG laser performed at our Lakeworth, FL center is that it is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure. This treatment is frequently performed to break up the cloudiness in the lens that has built up after cataract surgery. This modern procedure can also be performed to treat floaters. Many of our patients find that their vision drastically improves following this procedure, with minimal downtime.
Who is a Candidate for YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
If you've had cataract removal surgery and are experiencing blurred vision again, you may be an ideal candidate for a YAG laser capsulotomy. While your cataracts haven't come back, it's essential to check the capsule that holds your new lens in place. Over time, this capsule can become cloudy and blur your vision. A YAG procedure may be the ideal solution. You might be eligible for the procedure if:
- You have macular edema
- You have a history of retinal detachment
- You have active or chronic uveitis
- You have a history of retinal tears
- You have a history of high intraocular pressure
How Is a YAG Laser Capsulotomy Performed?
As an outpatient and minimally invasive procedure with many benefits, we can quickly perform YAG laser capsulotomies, and you have little recovery time. During your procedure, we ask you to sit in a comfortable chair in front of the YAG laser. Taking about 1 – 2 minutes per eye, the targeted light will focus on the posterior capsule within your eyes. This precise laser only treats the buildup of proteins in the capsule and keeps the surrounding structures and your new lenses safe. You can also blink throughout the procedure without any issues. Following your procedure, your eyesight will be blurry, but this effect will subside in a couple of hours. At future appointments and annual eye exams, our eye doctors will observe any changes in your eye health and prescription.
What Can I Expect After My Treatment?
Laser capsulotomy recovery is a fairly quick process, with patients typically being able to return to their normal within 1–2 days. Following the procedure, it is normal to experience "floaters," or dark, transparent spots in your vision, for a few weeks. These floaters should decrease during the weeks following the laser capsulotomy. Patients should notice an improvement in vision in the days following the procedure, with the most significant results becoming apparent after two days.
YAG Laser FAQ
What if I choose not to undergo a YAG laser capsulotomy?
If you choose not to undergo a YAG laser capsulotomy, it is likely that your vision will continue to worsen and continue to grow hazy. We recommend this safe and effective procedure, so you can see as clearly as possible.
Is the YAG laser capsulotomy safe?
All laser procedures carry some risks. Our skilled Palm Beach eye specialists have extensive experience performing the YAG laser capsulotomy, and complications are extremely rare. Our team will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with you prior to your procedure so that you can make an informed decision about what is best for you and your quality of life.
Is the YAG laser capsulotomy painful?
Our surgeons performing your YAG capsulotomy in Lake Worth, FL, will work to ensure your maximum comfort during the procedure. Most patients report little to no pain when undergoing the YAG laser capsulotomy, but should you experience any discomfort, please let our team know.
Clearer Vision After Cataract Surgery
Located in Lake Worth, FL and Delray Beach, FL, our eye care team at Palm Beach Eye Center proudly provides revolutionary eye care services to reduce uncomfortable symptoms caused by posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and enhance your overall vision. Our South Florida ophthalmologists commonly complete YAG laser capsulotomies to break apart protein deposits behind the lens. Please schedule an appointment with one of our expert ophthalmologists, and receive information about the insurances we take or learn about our convenient payment plans.