A Posterior Capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that is sometimes necessary after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens from the cellophane-like membrane called the lens capsule. Then a clear artificial lens implant is put in its place. In about half of all cataract surgery patients, the lens capsule, or "bag", becomes cloudy or wrinkled. This cloudiness or haze is referred to as an “After-Cataract.” Patients start to experience symptoms similar to before the cataract surgery, including blurred vision or increased glare. It will seem as if the cataract has come back. These symptoms may begin anywhere from a few months to many years after cataract surgery.
The doctors at the Cornea & Laser Vision Institute can perform a simple laser procedure which creates an opening in the lens capsule. The procedure takes only a few minutes and is painless, with no recovery time. Once the laser procedure is performed, it will never need to be done again. This procedure is commonly referred to as a "YAG", which is the type of laser used to perform the procedure. If it seems that your vision is not as good as it was right after your cataract surgery, our doctors can evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for a Posterior Capsulotomy. Your doctor will be happy to discuss the benefits and risks associated with this laser procedure.