What is Yag Laser Capsulotomy?

This is a laser treatment to improve your vision following cataract surgery or refractive lens surgery. The natural lens of the eye is covered by a transparent membrane (capsule). During cataract surgery or refractive lens surgery, this capsule is opened to allow removal of the cataract/lens and an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is placed within it.

This capsule can thicken months or years after surgery and cause similar symptoms to those associated with cataracts. A special type of laser (Yag) is used to make an opening in the capsule (capsulotomy) in order to clear the vision.

What does it involve?

It is performed in the outpatient clinic. On arrival you will receive drops to dilate your pupils. Prior to the laser, anaesthetic drops will be used to numb your eye and a special contact lens will be placed on the eye to focus the laser. The yag laser capsulotomy treatment takes a few minutes and is painless.

What happens after the treatment?

You will receive drops to reduce the inflammation in the eye and to prevent the pressure rising. You may also be advised to use drops for a few days after the treatment and a follow up appointment will be made.

Your vision is likely to be blurred for a few hours and you may notice floaters in your vision. These should gradually become less noticeable with time.

Can I drive following treatment?

Your vision will be blurred for minutes or hours after the treatment and it is therefore advisable not to drive immediately afterwards.
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