Home Preparing for your YAG Evaluation
We’re looking forward to seeing you for your YAG evaluation!

We know you’re probably asking, “what’s next” so we put together a few things to help you feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared. This page will be your guide to preparing for your secondary cataract (or YAG) evaluation at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute. We encourage you to read this page carefully so you will be well informed for you upcoming appointment.

Preparing for your appointment is easy!

  • What to Bring

    Please be sure to bring your Driver’s License or State ID and insurance cards to your appointment. Though some insurances cover the cost of YAG Laser treatment, it is billed separately from Cataract Surgery.

  • Being Dilated

    For your YAG evaluation, you will be dilated and given numbing drops. Please expect to be in clinic for about 1.5 hours.

  • Next Steps

    After your YAG evaluation, you will be scheduled for your YAG laser procedure at the front desk. You will NOT undergo any laser treatments during your initial evaluation. You are required to arrange for a ride at the time of your procedure for your safety.

About Secondary Cataracts & their Treatment

What is a Secondary Cataract?

Once your natural lens has been removed and an IOL implanted, the implant does not cloud or turn opaque the same way your natural lens did (called a primary cataract). In some cases, the membrane, called the capsular bag, that surrounds your natural lens and will surround the IOL may turn cloudy or become opaque. Cloudiness on the capsular bag is called a secondary cataract.

Treatment for a Secondary Cataract

Treatment for a secondary cataract requires the surgeon to use a laser called a YAG Laser to break up the cloudy appearance of the membrane. During a YAG Laser procedure, your surgeon uses a laser to make an opening in the capsular bag after cataract surgery. The capsule is the thin, clear membrane that holds the lens in place. The opening lets light rays pass through. Although the YAG Laser procedure is quick (typically just a few minutes) and easy for the patient, it is still consider outpatient surgery.

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