What types of conditions will benefit from YAG Laser Capsulotomy ?
In some patients after cataract surgery, the lens capsule becomes cloudy. This causes the vision to become cloudy or hazy. In these instances YAG Laser Capsulotomy is recommended. A laser beam is used to create an opening in the cloudy capsule and this allows light to pass through easily.
What does the YAG Laser Capsulotomy procedure involve ?
YAG Laser Capsulotomy is safe and painless, and the results can be seen within 24 hours. YAG Laser Capsulotomy is done in the consulting rooms, seated in front of the laser. Some eye drops will be used prior to the laser procedure to open the pupil. These drops can take up to 30 minutes to work, and may cause slight discomfort to some. You may see flashes of red or green light. It is not painful and takes about 5 minutes. Noticing spots floating in your vision is common in the short term after the procedure.
What are the risks ?
As with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider before having YAG Laser Capsulotomy. Technology and surgical techniques have reduced these risks to a very low level however, complications can occur such as persistent floaters, retinal detachment and cystoid macular oedema.
What are the benefits of YAG Laser Capsulotomy ?
YAG Laser Capsulotomy is very safe and rectifies complications that may occur after cataract surgery.