Why do I need YAG Laser Capsulotomy?
Quite often, several months or even years following cataract surgery, the posterior capsule of the lens (which is not removed during cataract surgery and that originally held the natural lens, but now holds the intraocular lens implant) can itself become cloudy. A Nd-YAG Laser is used to make a hole in this capsule, thus allowing light to pass freely again to the retina and, therefore, improving vision.
What is involved in the procedure?
Undergoing a YAG Laser capsulotomy is a simple and painless procedure that takes approximately 5 minutes. It is done as a day procedure in the rooms.
An anaesthetic eye drop is used and a special lens is placed on the eye. The laser beam is then directed into the eye through this lens. Once the membrane is opened, creating a hole in the capsule, the procedure is finished.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Dr Martin will prescribe anti-inflammatory eye drops which are to be used 4 times a day for 1 week only in the eye that was treated. He will need to see you again in approximately 3 weeks.
After the procedure your vision may be blurry for a few hours. Due to the temporary blurring of vision it is advisable to arrange transport home and NOT to drive immediately afterwards. Sunglasses may be worn for added comfort.