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YAG laser capsulotomy is surgery to help you see clearly after cataract surgery. You may need this surgery because months or years after cataract surgery, your vision may get fuzzy again. This happens when a membrane in your eye, called the posterior capsule, becomes cloudy. This is sometimes called a "secondary cataract."
You may have to wait in the outpatient surgery area or the doctor's office for 1 to 2 hours. This is so the doctor can check for pressure in your eye (intraocular pressure, or IOP).
It will take a few days to see as clearly as possible. You shouldn't have pain. You should be able to return to work or your normal routine the day after surgery.
It is common to see spots or floaters for a few weeks after surgery.
After cataract surgery, some people notice cloudiness (sometimes called aftercataract) after several months or years. In some people, it can become very dense and cause as much or more vision loss as the original cataract.
The decision to have this procedure is based on the same things as the decision to have the original cataract surgery. You may have the procedure if:
You don't need the procedure unless vision loss caused by clouding of the lens capsule is seriously affecting your vision and lifestyle.
The procedure reduces glare and improves vision. It lets light pass through a new opening or "window" in the cloudy lens capsule that may form after cataract surgery.
The most common complication of the procedure is short-term increased pressure inside the eye. You may need to use eyedrops to lower the eye pressure.
Other risks include:
Current as of: January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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