YAG Laser Capsulotomy For Posterior Capsule Opacification

This is a quick and painless treatment to restore eyesight to how it was immediately after cataract surgery where the vision has become blurry due to misting of the capsular bag. The treatment is carried out while sitting at a machine similar to the clinic slit-lamp microscope. Local anaesthetic drops are used and there is no need to worry about blinking or keeping still.

YAG Laser Capsulotomy After Cataract Surgery

A YAG laser capsulotomy takes about 5 minutes per eye. The laser removes misting on the back of the intraocular lens (IOL) following laser cataract surgery. The misting is termed posterior capsule opacification (PCO), or “secondary cataract” and is relatively common with up to about 20% of patients who have had cataract surgery needing this simple procedure. The vast majority of people get an excellent improvement in their vision following laser without experiencing any issues. Serious side effects are very rare, occurring in less than 1 per 1000 procedures.

Video: YAG laser capsulotomy for a multifocal IOL. The membrane on the back of the lens is removed with each painless laser pulse.

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