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Laser Capsulotomy

Approximately 10% of patients will develop haze of a membrane behind the intraocular lens (IOL) implant following cataract surgery, which results in diminished vision. The vision may be blurred, hazy, or is associated with significant glare and loss of visual clarity. This condition, known as posterior capsule opacity, is sometimes referred to as secondary cataract. Cataracts, however, never recur following cataract surgery. 

Laser Capsulotomy 

The condition of posterior capsule opacity is not preventable, but fortunately, is treatable and nearly always restores or improves vision.

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Laser Capsulotomy Diagram Posterior capsule opacity may be treated with an in-office or outpatient minor laser procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy. In this procedure, a laser is used to remove the hazy capsule situated behind the IOL implant. This usually requires dilating eye drops prior to the procedure. The laser treatment takes only a few minutes, is entirely painless, and is not associated with any post-operative discomfort. Anti-inflammatory eye drops are used for several days following the procedure.

Following a YAG laser capsulotomy procedure, patients may resume normal activities immediately. Most patients notice their vision improving within a day following the procedure. Although there is more than a 99% chance of success with no problems, retinal detachment or retinal thickening may rarely occur.