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What You Need to Know About YAG Laser Treatment

Cataract or lens surgery is meant to counter the effects felt when a patient has a cataract, which leaves one wondering why YAG laser treatment will still be needed after a patient has had lens or cataract surgery.

A cataract has an outer coat or capsule and a nucleus within. During lens or cataract surgery, the eye surgeon makes a round opening at the front part of the capsule or outer coating, and then removes the nucleus on the inside. The introduced artificial lens is injected into the capsule or outer covering through the round opening. The outer capsule is meant to hold and support the new lens that has been injected. As time goes on, the outer coating or capsule surrounding the new lens shrinks.

Since live cells are contained in the capsule, a new layer of cells may begin to form. This does not happen in all cases; it is estimated to happen to about 10% of patients who have had a cataract or lens surgery. This new layer of cells that develop in some capsules form a frosting on the outer surface of the lens, clouding the view of the patient through the new lens. This condition is referred to as after-cataract or Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO). PCO does not set in immediately after the surgery; it takes about a few weeks to a few months before it sets in.

When this happens, early treatment needs to be embarked on to get rid of the frosting.

YAG Laser Treatment And How It Works

This treatment is used to eliminate the frosting that has developed on the outer surface of the lens. Before the laser treatment, the pupils have to be dilated so that a good view of the lens surface would be seen. During treatment, the doctor may decide to use a magnifying lens, to help with aiming the laser directly on the frosting. The patient may also hear a clicking sound and see flashes of light; however, the process itself is painfree and is done from outside of the eyes. The whole process takesless than a few minutes.

After Treatment

When the YAG laser treatment is over, your doctor will prescribe anti –Inflammatory drops for the eyes or pressure drops for use only for a short period. For most people, their vision clears up in about a day after the treatment; for others, it may take longer.

Possible Complications

There have been infrequent reports of complications arising from YAG laser treatment.

However, some possible complications can include the following:

  • Swelling of the retina
  • Vitreous floaters
  • Lens damage
  • Raised pressure on the eye
  • Detachment of the retina

What Makes Yag Laser Treatment Stand Out

Below are the reasons you should get your YAG laser treatment from us if you have just had a cataract or lens surgery

High-Quality Technology

YAG laser treatment requires expertise for its procedure. This is why we use the most advanced and latest technology. Everything that concerns eye treatment and surgery requires precision and expertise. With us, you can be sure you’re getting the best treatment.

Customised Treatment

If there is one thing that does not need to be generalised, it is eye surgery and YAG treatment. When it comes to treatment, the treatment is customised for each patient. This will help you get the best out of your treatment option.

Evidence-Based Treatment

Our treatments are not based on hearsay. We have the evidence and proof to back up our claims. This is because we have experts working with us. Our eye surgeons and specialists have the experience and the knowledge to deliver the best eye treatment you need. You have no reason to doubt us as we are honest with our approach to treatment.

If you wish to have a cataract or lens surgery and you don’t know how to go about it, reach out to us at Optimal Vision. We will guide you through every step of the way and ensure you get the best eye treatment you need. Get in touch with us today.

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Dr Amir Mani - Specialist refractive surgeon

One of the most experienced refractive surgeons in London

Dr Mani has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures, including LASIK, LASEK, PRK, Femto Cataract, RLE, Lens ICL and Phakic IOL Surgery

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