After modern cataract with lens implant surgery, the back membrane of the cataract is left in place to support the lens implant. This membrane may become cloudy and cause blurred vision, and sometimes patients will see streaks or haloes around lights. These problems worsen with time.
Fortunately, a modern YAG laser treatment can be done to treat this problem. There is no interruption in physical activities and no patch after the laser treatment is needed. Laser surgery is still surgery. Complications, although rare, can still occur. Some new floaters or spots may be seen. Retinal swelling or detachment can follow this type of surgery as well.
This is a laser surgery used for people with or at risk for narrow-angle glaucoma. The laser is used to make a small hole in the iris (colored part of the eye). This hole then allows the fluid in the eye to properly circulate within the eye preventing sudden changes in pressure. This is a very commonly performed treatment with very high success rates and very low risk profile.
The laser machine looks similar to the examination microscope that the doctor uses to look at your eyes at each visit. Almost everybody finds the procedure comfortable and without pain. Some individuals feel a little pressure or pinch during the laser, this lasts only a split second and resolves immediately. The procedure usually takes about ten minutes.
You will be given drops before and after the laser. Most people notice some blurring in their vision after the laser. This usually clears within a few hours. You will need to use drops after the laser to help the eye heal correctly. You will probably use the new drops for about one week. In most cases, you are asked to continue your other glaucoma medications after the laser procedure.
As with all procedures, there are small risks. Fortunately, in the highly unlikely event of a problem, there are treatments to resolve each issue.
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