Cataract Surgery

Cataract YAG Laser

What is a YAG laser capsulotomy?

A YAG laser capsulotomy is a procedure in which an eye surgeon makes a small opening in the capsule of your eye. The capsule is the thin, clear membrane that holds the lens in place.

During a YAG laser capsulotomy, your eye surgeon uses a special laser to make a cut in the capsule. This makes a clear opening for light rays to pass through.

When is it used?

Sometimes, especially after cataract surgery, the capsule becomes cloudy. Your vision becomes blurry. This procedure can improve your vision.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

You may want to arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery, which is an office procedure. Allow for time to rest at home.

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure takes only a few minutes. First, the doctor numbs your eye with eye drops and then puts in another kind of eyedrop to lower your eye pressure. Next, the doctor may place a special lens over the surface of your eye. The laser painlessly creates an opening in the capsule. The laser is so precise that it does not affect other parts of your eye.

What happens after the procedure?

You will be able to resume your normal activities soon after this procedure. However, you may want to rest at home for the rest of the day.

What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?

In rare cases, YAG laser capsulotomy causes high pressure in your eye or retinal detachment. But YAG laser treatment is generally safe and successful. In a short time your vision should return to the way it was soon after your cataract surgery.