When considering treatment for the eyes, the first thing that most people – especially elderly people – want to know is ‘Is it safe and can it hurt my eyes?’ As for Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO), there is fortunately a YAG laser treatment that can be conducted safely, effectively and painlessly.
PCO only happens in about 20% of cases after cataract surgery. The rest of the patients see everything very clearly once the cataract is removed.
The procedure using the YAG laser is called YAG laser capsulotomy. The best thing with this procedure is that many times it can be conducted right in the doctor’s office. According to AllAboutVision.com, the YAG laser capsulotomy involves just a few simple steps. The steps include:
- Usually the eye is dilated before the procedure, with dilating eye drops.
- A laser removes the hazy posterior capsule from your line of sight without making an incision or “touching” the eye.
- Many ophthalmologists recommend anti-inflammatory eye drops following the procedure.
Typically, YAG laser capsulotomy takes just a few minutes. It is entirely painless. It doesn’t even have any pain or discomfort associated with it post-operatively.
The one difficulty for some is that it is a must that you lay completely still during the procedure. If the patient proves uncooperative in this instance, the doctor may be required to sedate them to keep their eyes safe.
Unlike many other eye surgeries, or surgeries in general, after a YAG laser capsulotomy, your client can resume their normal activities. They may get some floaters after the surgery, but they will slowly dissipate after a few weeks. Your client’s vision, however, will improve within a day. If not, you know, to show them that With Age Comes Respect, you must contact their eye professional immediately if their vision worsens or fails to improve.