During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This lens sits in a bag called the capsule which is part of the normal eye. In about 25% of people, this bag thickens leading to a “film” over the clear lens and leads to reduced vision. This can be corrected easily and safely with a special laser known as a YAG laser. The laser is used to cut a hole in the centre of the capsule thus enabling clear vision again.
This is performed as an outpatient procedure.
- The eye is numbed with drops. A special contact lens may be applied to use with the laser.
- The laser is then used to cut the capsule. The procedure is painless and takes several minutes. You will notice small flashes of light during the procedure.
- After the procedure, you may notice some floaters which usually settle down. You will be given anti-inflammatory drops to use for a week.
You will have a follow-up appointment about 1 month after the treatment to ensure that your vision has improved and that everything is well.