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Yag Laser Capsulotomy

Yag laser capsulotomy is a routine procedure to treat a common side effect of cataract surgery, caused by the thickening of the lens capsule.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 17th October 2023

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Privately you will benefit from no waiting lists or long delays for yag laser capsulotomy at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

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Before considering treatment, it is important to be aware that all medical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with cataract yag laser capsulotomy.


Q. What is Posterior Capsule Opacification (PCO)?

Posterior Capsule Opacification is a rare complication that can occur following cataract surgery. It occurs by a cloudy layer of scar tissue that forms behind the lens implant, causing the capsule to thicken and cause cloudy or blurry or cloudy vision. Yag laser capsulotomy is a procedure to restore quality of vision and reduce discomfort.

Q. What is the recovery time for yag laser capsulotomy?

The recovery time for yag laser capsulotomy is usually quick, and most patients can resume with their normal day-to-day activities immediately after the procedure. However, it can be common to experience blurry vision, glare, or floaters for a short period following the procedure. These symptoms typically resolve within a few days to weeks.

Q. Are there any potential risks or complications with yag laser capsulotomy?

Yag laser capsulotomy is generally considered a safe procedure, but like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications including increased eye pressure, inflammation, swelling, floaters, retinal detachment, or damage to the cornea or lens. If you do experience any severe side effects then you should contact your doctor immediately for medical assistance. It is important that you discuss these potential risks and complications with your consultant surgeon, during your initial consultation.

Q. Can you have both eyes treated at the same time?

Yes it is possible to have the procedure on both eyes at the same time. You can discuss this option with your consultant surgeon, during your initial consultation.

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