• Can I have YAG capsulotomy for secondary cataract if I have dry eyes?


    Question:

    I was told I have dry eyes after cataract surgery three month ago. My ophthalmologist advised recently that I need YAG. Is it advisable to have this laser surgery with my dry eyes condition?


    Answer:

    Posterior capsule opacification and the need for a YAG capsulotomy (using laser to create an opening in the cloudy capsule that holds your artificial lens) is a separate issue from dry eyes. Dry eyes do not interfere with the performance of the YAG. The only caution is to understand that dry eyes can contribute to blurring. So the YAG laser treatment will clear up blurring caused by the cloudy capsule but will not help blurring that may be due to the dry eyes.


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