YAG laser capsulotomy suitability criteria
You may be suitable for this treatment If you’ve had cataract or lens replacement surgery in the past and your vision has become “cloudy” and “misty” again.
To ensure you are a good candidate, we will examine you and confirm that the capsule behind your lens is becoming opacified.
How lens YAG laser capsulotomy works
We use a laser to remove the cloudy capsule behind your lens implant. This restores your sight to the levels it was after your cataract or lens replacement surgery.
Advantages and disadvantages of YAG laser capsulotomy
- It is a quick and painless procedure that we perform in the clinic
- Your vision will rapidly improve after the laser
- It is highly unlikely that capsule opacification will occur again
- No risk of infection
- Unfortunately, the procedure may not work for everyone
- No laser procedure is entirely risk-free
YAG laser capsulotomy risks
Any laser procedure carries an element of risk which I will discuss with you in detail at your appointment. Some include:
- Inflammation of the eye
- Swelling or detachment of the retina
- Reduced vision
YAG laser capsulotomy options and alternatives
Unfortunately, there is no alternative to YAG laser capsulotomy.
YAG laser capsulotomy steps
I perform laser treatment in the clinic as a day treatment. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.
Step one: Before treatment, I administer eye drops to prepare and “numb” the eye.
Step two: I ask you to look at a light whilst I perform the laser. You’ll hear a series of “clicks.”
Step three: I may give you anti-inflammatory eye drops to use.
YAG laser capsulotomy results
YAG laser capsulotomy is a very successful and effective way to improve your vision.
If you have no other eye issues, YAG laser will restore your vision to the way it was after your cataract or lens replacement surgery.