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What is a YAG Laser Capsulotomy

YAG is a type of laser that is used for eye treatments and capsulotomy means making an opening in the capsule. The capsule is the layer that supports the plastic lens which has become cloudy.

What is the YAG Laser Procedure

A YAG capsulotomy is done in the laser room of the eye clinic with you sitting at a slit lamp (ophthalmic microscope) and is a ‘walk-in, walk-out’ procedure. The eye is dilated with drops which takes around 20-30 minutes. Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the surface of the eye and usually a lens is placed on the eye. The laser is used to clear an opening in the cloudy posterior capsule.  The procedure takes around 5-10 minutes per eye. The procedure is almost always painless. Immediately after the procedure you might feel a little dazzled by the bright laser lights, but this settles quickly. Most patients feel fine to leave immediately after the procedure, but if may be helpful to stay for 20-30 minutes to relax and let the vision settle down, particularly if you have both eyes done.

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