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Yag Capulsotomy

Laser posterior capsulotomy, or YAG laser capsulotomy,

A Yag Capsultomy involves removing the opacification that develops on the posterior capsule of the eye after cataract surgery or the actual removal of the cataract itself. This is different from what is called the anterior capsulotomy that the surgeon makes during cataract removal. Laser posterior capsulotomy is performed with Nd:YAG laser, which uses a wavelength to disrupt the opacification on the posterior lens capsule. Opacification of the posterior capsule is the most common cause of visual loss following cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) In fact, some eyes develop visually significant opacification of the posterior capsule within two to five years after cataract surgery.

The purpose of a laser capsulotomy is to remove a PCO. This procedure dramatically improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity and decreases glare. The visual acuity before capsulotomy can be as poor as 20/400, but barring any other visual or ophthalmologic conditions, the patient will see as well after a laser posterior capsulotomy as after removal of the original cataract. Laser capsulotomies are usually performed once a patient's vision is 20/30.

Glaucoma Cataract Consultants perform the procedure directly on our facilties. Our ophthalmologists have all received special training including residency training in order to perform this procedure.

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