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Secondary Cataract Surgery

A Cataract by definition, is clouding of the lens of your eye. The lens of your eye has a delicate skin "capsule" that surrounds it similarly to that of the skin of a grape. The "capsule is held in place by a network of fibers. During cataract surgery, we cut a hole in the capsule of the lens and remove the clouded cataract contents. Next we insert a man made intraocular lens into the capsule to hold it in place. Over time, the capsule material will become cloudy and your vision will blur similarly to the original cataract. When this occurs, we use a simple and painless office laser to permanently clear the blur from the clouded capsule. This is referred to as a Yag Laser Capsulotomy for the treatment of a Secondary Cataract.

YAG Laser Cataract Surgery

The YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) is an invisible infrared light laser or is also known as a photodisruptive laser. The light cuts or sculpts the tissue, similar to a knife, so the beam of light is used to cut thin membranes inside the eye that are blocking vision such as is seen in secondary cataracts.

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