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During cataract surgery a circular opening in the front facing capsule of the lens and then removes the inner nucleus. The remaining capsular envelope surrounds the new artificial lens which is typically injected in through the opening in the capsule. Over time the capsule shrinks and wraps around the new lens much like shrink wrap or cling film.

A common natural healing process after cataract or lens exchange surgery, occurs when the thin membrane behind the IOL becomes cloudy or wrinkled. This is called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) or secondary cataract.

PCO usually causes your vision to become blurry, hazy, or glarey again. YAG laser capsulotomy is a safe, in office procedure that permanently clears PCO and improves your vision. It involves using a special laser (YAG laser) to make a small opening in the cloudy membrane, allowing normal light to reach your retina. Treatment only takes a few minutes, is painless and quickly restores your vision to it’s previous clarity.

As PCO only occurs on some but not all cataract patients, it is not included in the price of cataract surgery and has a separate fee (covered by all insurance companies).

Our Process :



Your doctor will examine your eyes after instilling dilating drops. If you are found to have PCO then the YAG laser treatement will be offered and this can usually be completed on the same day.

Surgeon sitting at computer by machine

On the day

You will be at Re:Vision for around one hour. Your eyes will be dilated prior to treatment. The procedure itself takes only 2-3 minutes and is completely painless.



The recovery following YAG laser capsulotomy is rapid with no pain or discomfort. You can expect your vision to be a bit blurry and light sensitive after YAG laser due to your dilating eye drops. You may prefer a driver to take you home. The next morning you can expect improved vision. You may experience black spots in your vision for a few days but these typically settle with time.


Saving money

The hidden costs: what could you save?

What could that money have done?

The $40,000 you'd potentially spend on glasses and contact lenses over the next 30 years could have given you 15 luxurious holidays.

Est- 15 Holidays

Est - 15 Holidays

Average holiday cost: $2600
Calculation: 40,000 / $2600 = 15

Saving time

The hidden cost of wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Did you know?

The time you'd spend handling glasses and contact lenses over the next 30 years is enough to have could have taken you around our planet over 30 times!

Est - 526 hours

Est- 526 hours

Cleaning: 3 minutes/day
Finding misplaced glasses: 2 minutes/day
Repair, shopping: 2 hours/year
Total: 526 hours (over 30 years)

Est- 526 hours

Inserting and Removing: 3 minutes/day
Cleaning: 2 minutes/day
Renewing & Check-ups: 2 hours/year
Total: 1,012 hours (over 30 years)

Saving planet

Reducing our carbon footprint

The environmental perspective

Over 30 years, using glasses and contact lenses contributes to 876lb of CO2 emissions. Opt for vision correction and take a stand for our planet!

Est - 876.6lb C02 emissions

Est- 876.6 CO2 emissions

Combined plastic waste:

0.525 kg (glasses)+65.7 kg (contact lenses)=66.225 kilograms over three decades.

Total: 66.225 kilograms of plastic×6=397.35 kilograms = 876Lb of CO2 emissions(over 30 years)

YAG laser benefits


YAG capsulotomy is a quick and comfortable procedure, and the recovery is fast and painless.


We use the very newest YAG laser technology available in New Zealand to provide unequalled safety, care and quality of vision.


YAG laser has been around for decades, with millions having had safe and successful treatment.

Our Technology:

Custom Built Surgical Facility

Re:Vision Laser & Cataract was specifically designed and created by our surgeons to provide maximum safety for patients in need of eye surgery. We are fully accredited by the Designated Auditing Agency (DAA) with an excellent scoring.

Custom Built Facility

Ellex Ultra Q Reflex (YAG)

The Ultra Q Reflex™ YAG laser device allows for a full range of anterior and posterior YAG laser procedures, including capsulotomy, laser floater treatment or laser vitreolysis with the highest standards of safety, accuracy and efficacy. The device featues an Ultra Gaussian beam profile, which focuses more power into the center of the beam profile. This allows for delivery of greater energy density, which reduces the energy levels required to complete the treatment.

Modern YAG laser

How much does YAG capsulotomy cost?

YAG capsulotomy costs are usually covered by most insurance companies.

By the time I turn 45, I will have spent on contact lenses/glasses :

At Re:Vision, all types of laser vision correction
(LASIK or PRK) cost : $3,494/eye

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