During your cataract surgery, our doctor replaces your clouded lens with an artificial one to correct your vision. However, some patients later may experience a gradual clouding behind their new lens, known as an “after cataract” or secondary membrane. Although this causes blurred vision, it is readily treatable.
Niswander Eye Center specializes in a procedure called YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. The posterior capsule is the fine skin left behind to support your intraocular lens after your cataract surgery. This capsule can sometimes collect cloud-causing protein, which results in a return to blurred vision. The YAG laser is used to create an opening in the clouded capsule, allowing a clear path for light to flow. This clears the clouding of vision and leaves the capsule intact so your IOL remains supported.
Benefits of YAG laser treatment:
- Improved vision
- Virtually pain-free
- No incisions, so no risk of infection
- Outpatient procedure
- Cost- and time-effective
- Reduced healing time
- Less eye trauma