YAG laser capsulotomy is not painful
The procedure takes 10 – 15 minutes but often your eye will require to be dilated with drops prior to laser so you may be in the clinic for up to 1 hour.
Your eye will be dilated with drops. Once the eye is dilated you will be taken to the laser room. Anaesthetic drops will be instilled into your eye to numb the eye surface. You will place your chin on the rest on the microscope and your forehead on the bar rest. You will be asked to open both eyes and stare straightforward. It is important that you keep your head and eyes very still during the laser treatment.
You will not feel any pain. You may hear a slight clicking noise and will see bright lights from the examination microscope.
Because of the bright lights you may be slightly dazzled but this will settle over 10 – 15 minutes.
The laser can create a few bubbles and over the next 1 – 2 weeks you may notice a few floaters. These are usually small black objects that can be seen in your vision and should settle within a few weeks, but they are harmless. They can, however, sometimes become permanent.
There are no restrictions on your activities after the laser, except for driving on the day of the laser.
You should not drive on the day of your YAG laser capsulotomy as your vision may be blurred as a result of the laser and of the dilating drops. You will be able to drive the following day if you are able to read a car number plate at 25 yards.
You can wear your normal clothes for the procedure.
You do not necessarily require to be accompanied for the laser