Why is YAG laser used after cataract surgery?

Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy reduces glare and improves vision. It lets light pass through cloudy regions of the lens capsule that may develop after cataract surgery.

What is a YAG after cataract surgery?

A: A YAG Laser Capsulotomy is a laser procedure where the eye(s) is dilated, giving the doctor a view of the protein buildup behind the implanted lens. The YAG laser clears protein film to restore vision.

How long after cataract surgery can you have YAG laser?

Snyder acknowledges that the YAG procedure is “a cost and an inconvenience, and access to care can be a problem in some rural communities, but it remains a good solution.” Surgeons say to hold off on a posterior YAG capsulotomy for about three months postop just in case a lens exchange is warranted.

When can I do YAG capsulotomy after cataract surgery?

Indications. The most common reason for performing an Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy is when significant fibrosis, wrinkling, or opacification of the posterior capsule occurs. When PCO causes decreased vision, glare, or difficulties with visual function, a laser capsulotomy is indicated.

Why is my eye still blurry after YAG surgery?

Your vision will return during the first 5 – 10 minutes after the Yag is done, though blurry vision after Yag laser capsulotomy may continue for about 4 -6 hours as a result of the dilating drops. Most people can expect the blurry vision after Yag laser capsulotomy to improve within a day.

Can you have YAG laser twice?

Which begs the question: is it possible to have laser eye surgery more than once? In short, the answer is yes, but it’s not quite that simple. Each case is unique and when dealing with something as important as eyesight, maximum care must be taken to ensure that patients are suitable for treatment.

Why is my vision still blurry after YAG?

Is YAG capsulotomy safe?

Comment. NdYAG capsulotomy is generally a safe and successful method in relieving the symptoms of posterior capsular opacification. Documented complications include, transient rise in intraocular pressure,2 retinal detachment,3 lens subluxation or dislocation,4 lens pitting,5 and exacerbation of local endophthalmitis.

Do floaters go away after YAG surgery?

For most patients, seeing more floaters after their YAG laser capsulotomy is temporary. They should decrease after a few weeks while you continue recovering from the procedure.

How quickly does YAG improve vision?

Post-YAG Laser Capsulotomy Most patients notice improved vision within 1-2 days. Normal activities can be resumed very soon after the procedure. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe eye drops as part of this treatment. In addition, patients may find that they need a prescription change for their glasses.

Will floaters go away after YAG laser?

What can go wrong with YAG laser?

Documented complications include, transient rise in intraocular pressure,2 retinal detachment,3 lens subluxation or dislocation,4 lens pitting,5 and exacerbation of local endophthalmitis.

How is the YAG laser used in cataract surgery?

The YAG laser is the laser used to clear the frosting from the back surface of an intraocular lens. Read more about the procedure here. A cataract is much like a smartie or M&M. It has an outer coating (capsule) and an inner nucleus (the chocolate in the smartie).

Can a YAG laser capsulotomy be done at home?

A YAG laser capsulotomy is the one treatment option for this cataract surgery complication. ( Learn More) 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. ( Learn More)

What are the side effects of YAG laser treatment?

Complications after YAG laser are very rare but can include vitreous floaters, raised eye pressure, retinal swelling, lens damage and very rarely retinal detachment. What makes YAG laser treatment unique?

Can a magnifying contact lens help with YAG laser?

During YAG laser treatment your 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.