What Is A YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform YAG laser capsulotomy as a follow-up procedure for cataract surgery, when needed. Following cataract surgery, some patients can develop a cloudiness in the natural capsule holding their new lens (known as posterior capsular opacification, or PCO). This can cause a decrease in the ability to see as well as you did right after cataract surgery. Our team performs YAG laser capsulotomy, a quick and noninvasive procedure, to restore the clarity of the lens. If you are starting to notice blurred vision, double vision, a glare, or anything else abnormal after your cataract surgery, contact our board-certified ophthalmologists today.
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What Can I Expect from My YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
YAG laser capsulotomies are an outpatient procedure at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley and generally take less than a minute to perform after proper dilation of the eye. To start, we will comfortably place you in front of our YAG laser and a focused beam of light will be aimed behind the intraocular lens. From there, quick pulses of light energy will eliminate the cloudiness of the capsule. You can expect to have some blurred vision for the next few hours from the dilation, but visual improvement is often noted by the next day.
YAG Laser FAQ
What if I choose not to undergo a YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
If you do not elect to undergo the YAG Laser Capsulotomy, your vision will likely continue to grow hazy. In order to see as clearly as possible, we recommend you undergo this simple procedure.
How much does a YAG Laser Capsulotomy cost?
The cost of your YAG Laser Capsulotomy may be partially covered by your insurance. Before your procedure, you should talk to your insurance to understand your benefits. For patients who do not have insurance, we offer many flexible payment options to help you cover the cost of your care.
How long does it take to recover from a YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
The day after your procedure, you should be able to return to your regular routine. It may take up to two days before you begin to see as clearly as possible. Following the surgery, you should not be experiencing any significant discomfort or pain. You may experience "floaters" in your vision for a few weeks, which appear as dark or transparent spots in your vision. These should decrease in the weeks following your surgery.
Clearer Vision After Cataract Surgery
Eye Specialists of Napa Valley is proud to offer YAG laser capsulotomies to Napa, CA patients after their cataract surgery. If you have had cataract surgery in the past and are starting to notice cloudy, blurred vision or sensitivity to light, you may require this minor "polishing" procedure. This noninvasive treatment can help clear up diminished vision after cataract surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, contact our office today.