YAG Laser Capsulotomy
What is YAG laser?
At the Northern Eye Centre, the most common use of LAG laser is for a procedure called a capsulotomy.
During cataract surgery, the natural lens inside your eye that had become cloudy is replaced with an artificial lens called an IOL (Intra Ocular Lens). This IOL is placed inside the lens membrane (called the bag or capsule) in your eye. In a small number of patients (less than 20 percent), the capsule can thicken after surgery and become cloudy again. When this happens, your sight becomes hazy, and you may experience many of the same symptoms you noticed before having your cataract removed, such as halos around bright lights at night-time.
Capsule thickening can happen any time in the months after your cataract operation, but most commonly occurs about two years after surgery. YAG laser capsulotomy is the only way to treat this.
YAG Laser at Northern Eye Centre Epping Clinic
What happens during a YAG laser capsulotomy?
During a YAG laser capsulotomy you will usually have your pupils dilated using dilating eye drops. Our ophthalmologist then uses a special lens to apply a laser beam to the capsule. This creates a small opening in the centre of the capsule to allow light to pass through the lens properly, restoring vision.
The procedure is entirely painless and takes only a few minutes. Most patients experience no discomfort after the procedure, however you may be prescribed anti-inflammatory eye drops to use for a few days after your visit.
You will also be asked to attend a follow-up appointment at the centre a few weeks after the laser treatment to make sure your eye has settled down properly.
Patient receiving laser treatment
If you have any questions regarding YAG laser capsulotomy or any of the other treatments we offer at the Northern Eye Centre contact us at: email@example.com or (03) 9459 5133