YAG CAPSULOTOMY

INTRODUCTION:

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.

PROCEDURE:

This is performed as an outpatient procedure.

  1. The eye is numbed with drops. A special contact lens may be applied to use with the laser.
  2. 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.
  3. After the procedure, you may notice some floaters which usually settle down. You will be given anti-inflammatory drops to use for a week.

POST-PROCEDURE:

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.