Following cataract surgery, it’s possible to experience issues with the lens membrane. It can become thickened, which may negatively affect your vision. This issue is considered to be the most common cataract surgery complication.
A YAG laser capsulotomy is the one treatment option for this cataract surgery complication. This is a noninvasive procedure with a relatively high success rate. It is also quick. Most people go home the same day, making it a convenient choice to restore your vision.
YAG Treatment in Houston, TX
The YAG laser is the laser used to clear the frosting from the back surface of an intraocular lens. YAG laser treatment is painless and is completed from outside the eye in a few minutes. During YAG laser treatment our eye doctor may use a magnifying contact lens to help with aiming the YAG laser at the layer of frosting.
During the treatment, patients will see flashes of light and hear a clicking sound. The pupil needs to be dilated before the YAG laser can be performed to allow a good view of the lens surface.
After the treatment our doctor will prescribe a short course of anti-inflammatory and pressure drops. Most patients will noticed an improvement in clarity and vision within a day. YAG laser treatments are typically only needed once as the capsule does not regrow after it is vaporised by the YAG.
Complications after YAG laser are very rare but can include vitreous floaters, raised eye pressure, retinal swelling, lens damage and very rarely retinal detachment.