Cataract Surgery | Types, Complications, Recovery, Costs & More


Recovery from cataract surgeries usually goes smoothly without complications. The duration of the recovery varies according to the type of operation you have and how it went. However, you will find that your vision improves significantly after a few days. After roughly a week or two, you can resume your normal activities. for a few people, post-operative lens opacification occurs as they get posterior capsule opacification following cataract surgery (PCO).

Because the capsule in your eye that holds the artificial lens in place thickens, your eyesight may become foggy again. This issue can be solved using YAG laser capsulotomy.  PCO has no specific time of onset as it may occur 1 year after cataract surgery or maybe 10 years later. Recovery is an as important phase as the operation, you should set follow-up appointments with your ophthalmologist. If you experienced any abnormal symptoms such as redness, unclear vision, or attack of pain after cataract surgery, make sure to inform your doctor.

YAG laser capsulotomy

Laser capsulotomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat posterior capsular opacification in the eye using neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd: YAG). Laser capsulotomy is performed by ophthalmologists trained to use the YAG laser. laser capsulotomy is a safe procedure and takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Mostly it is done on an out-patient basis after checking if there is an eye issue that may interfere with capsulotomy.  Nd: YAG can be performed painlessly and comfortably using a topical anesthetic (anesthetic eye drops). The patient is asked to sit in front of a slit lamp with a YAG laser, then his opthalmologist will use the laser to make an opening through the opacified capsule. then the doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce discomfort and speed up healing.