Of course, as with any medical procedure, there is a slight risk to be associated with YAG laser capsulotomy. Overall, however, the procedure is extremely safe or it would not be conducted in a doctor’s office.
The most important risk to look out for is that the retina of the eye can become detached from the inner back of the eye. If this happens, let’s just say that it is not good and could pose some more serious issues.
Now, just to lay your mind and your clients’ minds to rest, statistics provided on the AllAboutVision website stipulate that the lifetime risk of a detached retina as a cataract surgery complication in the United States is only about one percent. Now, that number can rise to two percent if the person requires the YAG laser capsulotomy. Although the risk is still slight, it is always important to be aware of any risks associated with surgical procedures – including cataract surgery.
One more example provided on the website about cataract surgery complications is malpositioned or dislocated intraocular lenses. To me this just sounds painful because typically anything that is dislocated is very painful!
With dislocated intraocular lenses, your client may see the edge of the lens implant. They could even develop double vision which could be quite dangerous to an elderly individual because they could become confused and fall. If the dislocation of the intraocular lens is severe enough, their visual acuity could decrease substantially. This would be very risky.
Tomorrow we will look into this matter further, but for now, you can relay this information to your clients thus once again showing them that With Age Comes Respect.