Laser Capsulotomy – In Office
YAG lasers are the most up-to-date form of treatment for several eye conditions, including certain issues relating to glaucoma and cataracts. Safe and painless, these lasers provide the precision to make eye surgeries efficient and highly successful.
YAG Laser Surgery for Glaucoma
Laser surgery for glaucoma aims to increase the outflow of fluid from the eye or eliminate fluid blockages. Some of the YAG Laser procedures used in the treatment of glaucoma include:
- Laser Peripheral Iridotomy, or LPI, is used to treat patients with angle-closure glaucoma. Using a laser, a small hole is made in the iris increasing the angle between the iris and cornea to allow fluid from the eye to drain.
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT, is a low energy laser that targets certain areas of the trabecula without causing damage to surrounding tissue.
- Laser Cyclophotocoagulation, or YAG CP, is used to treat patients with severe glaucoma damage who have not responded to other treatments.
YAG Laser Surgery After Cataract Surgery
Posterior capsular opacification, or PCO, is a frequent complication of cataract surgery. If the clear posterior capsule becomes cloudy, then a posterior capsulotomy may be recommended. A posterior capsulotomy uses a YAG laser to open a window in the back of the lens capsule to let light pass through to the retina, restoring clear vision.