This type of laser treatment is used to treat posterior capsule opacity or what is sometimes called as post-operative secondary cataract.
- After cataract surgery, about 20% of patients will experience a post operative condition called posterior capsule opacity. In this condition, the lens epithelial cells grow on the capsule in an attempt to make new lens out of the remaining material. When this happens, vision becomes blurry and could worsen over time.
- In cases like this, yag laser is used to treat the problem.
- With the use of Nd:YAG laser, a wavelength of light is used to stop the opacification on that lens capsule.
Yag Laser Capsulotomy Complications
- Although used to treat a complication from a medical procedure, yag laser treatment also poses an additional risk to the patient.
- The more common complications involve a number of floaters or flashes of light that could be seen especially during daytime.
- The most severe risk or complication is that wherein the retina could become detached from the eye. Still, this kind of risk is projected to be only just around 2% of the total patients operated on.
- Another very rare but possible risk is the dislocation of the intraocular lens.
- Still, this procedure is very safe and complications are often too few to be worth worrying about.
Yag Laser Capsulotomy Procedure, Cost
- The eye will often be dilated using dilating eye drops.
- The affected eye is administered anesthetic drops.
- Without touching the eye or making any incision, the laser removes the hazy capsule.
- Anti-inflammatory eye drops are administered to the eyes after the procedure.
- As with any medical procedure, the cost depends on many factors. Still, it is often much cheaper than the cataract procedure.