Yag caps is a very short laser proceudre done to clear cloudy vision that may occur after cataract surgery.
What is posterior capsule opacification ?
After cataract surgery, some people notice cloudiness (sometimes called after cataract) after several months or years. Sometimes one can develop a thickening of the back surface (posterior) of the lens capsule which holds your artificial lens in place. This thickening is called Posterior capsule opacification (PCO). It is a fairly common complication of cataract surgery.
This thickening of the capsule causes vision to become cloudy. It can be removed by Yag laser capsulotomy also called as Yag CAPs.
Why it is Done ?
In case of following symptoms Yag CAP can be done
- Vision problems are affecting work or lifestyle.
- Glare caused by bright lights
- Double vision
- The difference in vision between your two eyes is significant.
How does it work ?
Usually, PCO can be treated quite simply using a Yag laser. A doctor can make a hole in back surface of the lens capsule so that the light can once again pass directly to the retina. For the vast majority of people this can improve vision. This procedure is called Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy. Nd:YAG is the type of laser used for this treatment.
Lasers are beams of energy which can be targeted very accurately. The Nd:YAG laser uses very low energy levels and can delicately cut the lens capsule without any risk of damage to other parts of your eye.
What are the risks of laser treatment ?
The laser procedure is considered very safe. Though there are some risks, serious side effects are very rare.
What about eyesight ?
After this treatment eyesight should be restored to the level the person had following cataract surgery, provided no other problems have developed in eye.
Frequently Asked Questions
This procedure takes under 5 minutes per eye. Sometimes both eyes are done and it is equally fast.
We charge Rs 4000 per eye for this procedure.
After the laser we prescribe certain eye drops for you to use for 5-7 days.
Even though the occurence of side effects is very rare after this procedure, there are reports of patients getting a retinal detachment after the laser. This is a very rare complication but worth mentioning here.