The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

YAG Laser clinics

The Ophthalmology and Optometry team normally provides a YAG laser clinic in the Eye clinic at St. James's University Hospital.

Ophthalmologists and the Consultant Optometrist carry out unilateral and bilateral posterior capsulotomies for patients who have developed posterior capsular opacification after cataract surgery and unilateral and bilateral peripheral iridotomies for patients at risk of angle closure glaucoma, with the YAG laser.


During the COVID-19 response we are providing limited YAG laser clinics.

Recovery plan

We have restarted some of our services and we are now seeing a small number of more routine.

The Ophthalmology Consultants have been identifying and prioritising patients who need to be seen and we will be contacting patients to arrange appointments as soon as they are available.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the YAG clinic you must be referred by your optometrist, GP, or by an ophthalmologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust or another hospital. 





Normally YAG clinics run throughout the week  in the main eye clinic at St. James's University hospital.


During the COVID-19 response we will not be providing any routine YAG laser clinics.

Waiting times

Please be aware that you will have your vision measured and drops instilled in your eyes by a member of the nursing team prior to seeing an ophthalmologist or optometrist and your appointment may take up to two hours to be completed from the time your appointment is booked.


Patient information leaflets


YAG laser posterior capsulotomy leaflet


YAG laser peripheral iridotomy leaflet