What is YAG Laser Surgery?

  • Posted on: May 28 2015
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YAG Laser SurgeryA common problem resulting from a cataract surgery is that the lens covering gradually becomes clouded. This issue can crop up at any time (months to years) after the cataract surgery has been performed, and can have an impact on vision. This problem, however, can be treated by means of a procedure called YAG posterior capsulotomy (or YAG laser surgery).

What does YAG Laser Surgery Involve?

Eyedrops that function as topical anesthetic will be applied to your eyes before the procedure. Then, the doctor will use a YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) laser to create a hole in the lens covering’s clouded lining. This will ensure that light will pass through to your retina. This is an outpatient procedure. The patient will have to wait for a couple of hours after the procedure in the doctor’s office to ensure that the intraocular pressure is proper.

This surgery is only conducted if the cloudiness of your lens covering causes vision loss or at least affects your vision enough that you suffer from some problems everyday. Some of these problems may be:

  • Double vision
  • Extreme glare when looking at bright sources of light
  • Impaired vision that prevents you from obtaining a driver’s license
  • Significant differences in vision quality of your two eyes

The procedure may also be performed if you contract other eye diseases which may potentially result in loss of vision.


There are a few side effects of the procedure. The most common one is increased intraocular pressure (and may require you to use eyedrops) for a short amount of time. Other side effects include retinal detachment, macular edema (swelling of retina center), bleeding and corneal edema.

Interested in Learning More About YAG Laser Surgery? Contact Shammas Eye Medical Center.

For more information about YAG laser surgery, cataract surgery, or any of the procedures we offer, contact us today. We are located in Lynwood, California (and three more locations) and can be reached directly at 310.638.9391. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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