YAG Laser Capsulotomy

YAG laser capsulotomy involves a laser being aimed at the posterior lens capsule to create a hole in the posterior lens capsule that allows light in and improves vision.

To treat posterior capsule opacity that usually occurs after cataract surgery or due to age where lens material or fibrous tissue covers the artificial lens placed.
  1. Understand the treatment. The laser treatment can be performed immediately after examination.
  2. You can eat normally before the procedure.
  3. It is recommended that you bring sunglasses to wear after the procedure to protect your eyes from the light (only during the day).
  4. Bring a friend or family member with you as pupil dilation will cause blurry vision.
  5. Remove all reflective jewelry and accessories, such as those made from stainless steel, diamonds, etc.
  6. Sign all consent forms for the procedure.
  1. You will receive eyedrops to dilate your pupils and anesthetic drops before the laser treatment.
  2. The doctor will aim the laser at the posterior lens capsule. The procedure will take approximately 5-15 minutes, depending on the opacity of the lens capsule.
  3. During the procedure you will be asked to look at a spot and try not to move your eyes.
  1. Do not rub your eyes for at least two days after the procedure. You can use your eyes normally.
  2. On the first day after the laser procedure, you may wear sunglasses as pupil dilation makes eyes sensitive to the light. This will be better within 4-6 hours.
  3. Use eye drops as prescribed by the doctor.
  4. You can wash your face, wear make-up, and do other regular activities.
  5. Avoid driving as pupil dilation causes blurry vision.
  1. Blurry vision from the pupil dilation will resolve itself within 4-6 hours.
  2. Some patients may experience tightness in the eyes. If the discomfort is not manageable, pain medication can be taken.
  3. Some patients may see floaters due to the improvement in vision. Normally it will be better within 1-2 weeks.
  4. If you experience any abnormal symptoms, such as reduced vision, severe redness of the eyes, excessive eye discharge, or persistent pain, please see a doctor immediately.
There are no limitations for travel before or after the procedure.
The success of the procedure depends on the opacity. The ophthalmologist will assess your sight after the procedure.
What if the procedure is not performed?
Vision will continue to deteriorate due to increased lens capsule opacity.

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