Sometimes, after cataract surgery, a Yag Capsulotomy procedure may be necessary. Yag Capsulotomy is a non-invasive laser procedure to eliminate the cloudiness that occasionally interferes with a patient’s vision after cataract surgery. During cataract surgery the cataract is removed but a thin membrane that held the cataract is left in place to hold the implanted artificial lens.
Leaving the capsule in place during cataract surgery allows the vision after surgery to be more stable and ensures fewer surgical complications. However, sometimes the posterior or back portion of the capsule becomes cloudy over time. When vision loss caused by clouding of the lens capsule is seriously affecting the patient’s vision and lifestyle, this procedure may be recommended.