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John D. Mitchell, MD | Emily Ash Morin, MD | Jacquelyn Weber, MD 
130 Park Street SE, Suite 300 Vienna, Virginia 22180 / Phone:703-938-2266
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 / Phone:301-656-2027

John D. Mitchell, MD
Emily Ash Morin, MD
Jacquelyn Weber, MD

130 Park Street SE, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 22180
Phone:703-938-2266

8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone:301-656-2027

YAG Capsulotomy

At the time of cataract surgery, the natural lens that has become discolored is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.  The natural membrane, or capsular bag, that holds the lens in placed is preserved and used to hold the new artificial lens in place.  That membrane will “shrink wrap” down around the artificial lens.  As it performs this normal healing process, in about 30% of patients, the membrane will become cloudy.  This cloudiness can cause symptoms similar to the original cataracts, including glare or blurry vision.

When this occurs, Dr Mitchell or Dr Morin can perform a YAG capsulotomy to open a clear “window” in the membrane, thus improving the vision.  This is a quick procedure with limited risk and no post surgical restrictions.