YAG Laser Eye

Canadian Program

Project Need

This project will provide the Global Mercy with one YAG Eye Laser.  Medical tools that create innovative solutions are imperative to saving both time and space. A YAG laser capsulotomy is a special laser treatment used to improve vision after cataract surgery. This laser can quickly and effectively restore vision following the capsulotomy.  YAG laser capsulotomies for cataract patients is a preventative measure of reducing future clouding of the posterior lens capsule, the leading cause of cloudy vision after successful cataract surgery. The addition of the observation scope and beam splitter on the laser provides Medical Capacity Building (MCB) opportunities and enables physicians to teach in treatment techniques and procedures.

Project Overview

Provide the Global Mercy with one installed, tested and functioning Nidek YC-1800 YAG Eye Laser and stand, observation scope with beam splitter and pelican case.


Project Impacts

In Q2, 2022 the YAG laser was installed and tested on the Global Mercy.

Mercy Ships cataract operations are performed using the latest methods and technology. Mercy Ships eye surgeons perform procedures to correct pterygium (growths on the cornea of the eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), eyelid deformities, and replace painful or disfiguring blind eyes with prostheses. In addition to the surgical focus, Mercy Ships provides training opportunities for local surgeons and eye care professionals to help build the in-country capacity to provide eye care services.

Mental health

YAG Laser Eye


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