YAG Laser Capsulotomy is a fast, effective and painless treatment for posterior capsule opacity.
In a cataract operation, we replace the cloudy lens from your eye (the cataract) with an artificial lens. In about 10% of cataract surgery patients, cells remaining after the surgery can grow over the thin membrane behind the lens (called the posterior capsule), causing it to become thicker and hazy.
Posterior capsule opacity can also occur in people who have had refractive lens exchange surgery.
YAG laser capsulotomy is a fast and simple procedure that we perform at the Eye Institute clinic. It does not require you to enter the surgical theatre, so is often done on the same day as your consultation with the doctor.
The procedure involves using a YAG (Yttrium Aluminium Garnet) laser to remove the hazy tissue behind the lens implant. It takes about 5 minutes and is a once-off procedure – the opacity does not come back.
Your eye surgeon will put drops in your eye to dilate your pupils.
We will use a specialised YAG laser to make a small hole in the posterior capsule (the membrane behind the lens of your eye) removing the posterior capsule opacity or ‘haziness’. This only takes a few minutes and is completely painless.
After the procedure, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. You’ll be able to go home immediately, and should be able to resume normal activities straight away. We may give you anti-inflammatory eye drops to use for a few days.
It’s quite common for patients to notice an immediate improvement after their YAG laser capsulotomy treatment. You should expect your vision to improve within a day. There is a chance that you may have some ‘floaters’ in your vision for a few weeks afterwards. Still, serious side effects with YAG laser capsulotomy are very rare.
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As part of his ophthalmology specialty training, Dr Dunne gained valuable experience in major centres such as Auckland and Wellington, with a final two years undertaking Medical Retina advanced training based at the Greenlane Eye Clinic in Auckland. LEARN MORE
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