Dr. Powell has a YAG Laser in-office for treatment of secondary cataracts. While surgery to replace the natural lens with an implanted artificial lens is the only way to correct cataracts, approximately 20 percent of patients will experience a side effect from the surgery called secondary cataract. In the case of a secondary cataract, the posterior capsule, a thin membrane that lies just behind the implanted lens, becomes clouded over with scar tissue that grows in response to the surgery. The most effective way to treat a secondary cataract is a simple laser procedure called posterior capsulotomy.
During posterior capsulotomy treatment, a laser is used to create an opening in the center of the clouded posterior capsule, which removes the obstruction and allows light to reach the retina. The procedure is painless, requires no anesthesia, and typically results in improved vision within a day. Laser Capsulotomy is completed in the office.