YAG Laser Capsulotomy


YAG laser capsulotomy is used to treat post-cataract surgery capsule opacity. It is also called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). PCO develops behind the intraocular lens implant over time following cataract surgery and the YAG laser surgery is used to clear the scarring and allows light to pass through again for clear vision.

What happens during YAG laser capsulotomy?

The procedure is performed at City Eye Centre and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Eye drops will be used to anaesthetise your eye and to dilate the pupil. The YAG laser is directed at the back of the lens capsule to make a small opening and clear the scarring. Vision will be blurred initially for a few hours after the treatment due to the bright lights but should improve over the subsequent days. Normal duties can be commenced the day after the laser surgery. The eye may feel irritated and scratchy at first, but should settle over the subsequent days.

What are the risks of YAG laser capsulotomy?

There are possible rare risks and complications with posterior capsulotomy. Eye drops may be used after the laser treatment to reduce a pressure rise in the eye and inflammation. If the eye has persistent severe pain following treatment or if vision deteriorates, you should contact City Eye Centre urgently on 3831 6888, as there is a small risk of inflammation, increased pressure in the eye, or retinal detachment and lens dislocation.

Lens capsule can become cloudy sometime after cataract surgery
YAG laser capsulotomy is a laser surgery you may need sometime after cataract surgery to help you see clearly again when the lens capsule becomes cloudy.