YAG laser capsulotomy is a laser procedure that is performed after cataract surgery in order to improve your vision. The special laser treatment is commonly performed and is very safe.The lens capsule which contained your own lens is left in the eye at the time of cataract surgery in order to support the artifical lens that is inserted in its place. The capsule is usually completely clear, but months and even years after cataract surgery, it can become cloudy and can impair the vision. The treatment of choice for this problem is a laser capsulotomy. A laser is directed at the capsule and a small cut is made with the laser to open it and allow clear passage of light to the back of the eye. This usually improves the cloudiness and improves the vision.


On the day of the procedure, you will be taken into a laser room and sat at a machine with a chin and headrest that has a laser attached. The doctor will put anaesthetic drops in your eye to numb it and to dilate the pupil before the procedure begins.

The eye specialist will put a special mirrored lens on your eye before applying the laser beam, which allows them to see the membrane clearly. They will then apply the laser and make a small hole in it to clear the vision. You will hear a clicking sound and see a flashing light during the treatment. The procedure takes about 10-20 minutes and is not painful.

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