YAG Capsulotomy near Sioux City, IA

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About YAG Capsulotomy

Cataract surgery is performed to remove a clouded lens and replace it with a new advanced intraocular lens. While this new IOL is designed to provide excellent vision for years to come, there are times when the natural membrane that surrounds the lens can thicken over time. When this occurs, you can experience cloudiness, glare, or haziness. However, this is not the same thing as a cataract, as you cannot get cataracts again. This condition is known as posterior capsule opacity (PCO) and happens when lens epithelial (the cornea’s outer layer) cells grow on the posterior capsule. If this complication occurs after cataract surgery, rest assured that you are in skilled hands at Vance Thompson Vision in South Sioux City, NE. Our experienced surgical team performs a cutting-edge laser treatment known as YAG capsulotomy in order to give you renewed vision. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your consultation.

Posterior Capsule Opacity

The posterior capsule of the eye is the clear, elastic structure that protects the new lens and holds it in place. After a cataract lens is removed, a few cells left behind can occasionally begin to grow on the posterior capsule. This causes gradual damage to the posterior capsule, which blocks light from entering the retina. As a result, patients have blurred or cloudy vision similar to that of a cataract.

YAG Capsulotomy Treatment Technique

We will use eye drops to numb and dilate your eyes prior to starting your procedure. During a YAG capsulotomy, a tiny incision will be created in the posterior capsule by delivering precise energy through the YAG laser. The laser will create an opening that is capable of allowing light to pass through while still protecting the artificial intraocular lens. You will probably hear clicking sounds and observe small light flashes from the laser. Overall, the procedure is quick with minimal discomfort, and sutures should not be needed.

What to Expect after YAG Capsulotomy

You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. Most patients notice significantly improved vision within a few hours of their treatment. We may request that you attend follow-up appointments at Vance Thompson Vision to monitor your healing and vision progress. There are a few less common risks associated with YAG capsulotomy, including elevated intraocular pressure, vision problems related to the laser, and in very rare cases, detached retina. We will thoroughly educate you on these risks prior to your procedure to allow you to make the most informed decision possible.

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If you have noticed blurred vision following cataract surgery, the good news is that you do not have cataracts a second time, but you could have a condition called posterior capsule opacity. This issue is not all that uncommon, and it is also highly treatable with a laser procedure performed by one of our trained doctors. We encourage you to contact Vance Thompson Vision in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an appointment. Let us help you obtain excellent vision once again.

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