Yag laser surgery of the eye

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I had yag laser, surgery after cateract surgery, did not help my vision, this was done yesterday (8 april 2010) there is still no improvement, can cateract surgery, be performed twice in the same eye. I am 55 years old and cateracts started forming quite a few years ago due to steriod treatment, or radio theraphy ,when i underwent a bone marrow transplant.
On January 3, 2012, I had to go through the YAG laser procedure to get rid of the scar tissue from the cataract surgery in my left eye. Since the first YAG procedure in January, I have gone through this procedure two more times, January 17, and February 14, 2012. I have been looking for information on this and I cannot seem to find it. What I need to know is how many times does a person have to undergo YAG laser before it finally causes damage to the eye, more specifically the retina?
I went back to where i had the eye surgery done and told them of my concerrns. I was told that i needed to have Yag laser surgery done and so i did. Before the surgery i could see clearly for a great distance. Now i can't read street signs or even menu boards at resturants. I went back to the doctor and told him what was going on. He tested my eyes said that i have 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other and that he doesn't belive that i can't see far off.
Yag laser capsulotomy is a common, quick, painless, low risk procedure done after 25-35% of cataract operations where the membrane holding the IOL turns cloudy.
It is generally safe and effective for the hazy membrane problem. Rarely retinal and other problems can be side effects of YAG laser. Please see an experienced eye surgeon for an opinion as to whether this is your problem or you might have some astigmatism or other issue.
ONe of the more common causes would be disease of the macula (reading part of retina). Suggest you see a retina Eye MD for a macular evaluation, second opinion and a macular OCT test.
With a small to medium size capsulotomy opening the risk is low also of vitreous coming around the IOL into the anterior chamber.
The YAG procedure does slightly increase the risk of retinal detachment, so given your previous retinal procedure it wouldn't be a bad ideal to consult your retinal specialist.
It makes it very difficult to drive at night, and impossible to drive at night if raining. A week later I had the YAG surgery performed on my right eye. I hesitated having it done, but my doctor assured me that the starburst effect would decrease over time, which it has, but not significantly. Today I returned to the doctor (2 years later) to discuss this issue. I had read in other threads regarding this issue that the starburst were possibly caused by wrinkes in the lense, debrise, etc.
As soon as the doctors try and reduce them, my eye becomes imflammed once again, causing pain in my eye and head. The latest consultant which i have been seeing has tried YAG laser capsulotomy. The Hole which they seem to make closed up within weeks off it being opened. They tried this several times, each time making the hole slightly bigger but this was still unsuccessful to my disappointment. My Consultant has now advise that i can either leave my vision has it is which is really poor.
I contacted the surgeon in Cal and he told me a Yag laser would eliminate the streak problem. I had the Yag done in both eyes these past 2 weeks, yesterday i had the eye that had no streaks done and now today i have streaks in that eye, and the eye that had streaks after surgery still has the streaks after the Yag. My thoughs are be careful when you deside to have Yag laser. Did anyone have this experence after having a Yag?
I had cateract surgery March and April of this year,I saw halos had yag laser done last wed. and this week on tues. I now see starbursts in right eye told my dr. about it and he said I would stop seeing them when I told my brain not to see them. I have talked to several people who have had this procedure and they see the same thing is it all our brains mal functioning? I am confused can you help or explain why this is happening..
Thus it is not unusual to need a YAG laser capusulotomy in a few months after the cataract surgery. Very common. Normally, I would not do the yag laser until the implant has been the eye at least a few months - preferabley 3 months. Also if you do it any sooner than 3 months - the insurance company may want a detailed expanation as to why. So usually wait 3 months unless patient is very impatient.
I had both eyes implanted with the Crystalens about 5 months ago and am very happy with the results. I now have some fairly minor opacification of the capsular bags. My terrific eye surgeon sadly passed away and I am in a bit of a quandry. 1) Should I wait for the problem to get worse before seeking YAG laser treatment? 2) Does it matter if I have a Crystalens-certified surgeon do the laser treatment or is it safe to have an eye surgeon with no experience with the Crystalens?
After cataract surgery, I had yag laser. I then developed a larger floater in one eye that had a "windsheild wiper" effect when I look left to right or right to left. Now I have developed the same in the left eye. It is very annoying. My Dr. seems to think the cure would be worse than living with it. Any ideas as to what this is?
I have a cataract, and the lens of my eye is kind of a cone shaped in the posterior portion of the lens. That's the best way I can describe it. I think like 1 in 100,000 children are born with it. Where did you have your eye surgery done? Did u have any complications following the surgery?
I am afraid to have YAG done again as I had a retinal tear in the same eye several years ago. I was told the YAG might have to be done twice. I don't understand why that would be necessary and would appreciate an explanation. I will be seeing my dr. again soon. thank you!
You might get a second opinion it could be a piece that is teathered to the edge of the capsular opening if so further Yag laser might cut it off and again allow it to go south.
Since I was very nearsighted before the Crystalens IOLs, and started to lose closeup vision (presbyopia) I was told that the Crystalenses would let me see near, far and everything in between. Don't believe it! For some reason my surgeon took it upon himself to make me slightly nearsighted in one eye and slightly farsighted in the other, even though I asked him repeatedly not to. My degree of myopia was EXACTLY the same in both eyes all my life (48 years old -10 contacts).
Not as good as we had hoped but I was still happy with the results. Last week the yag laser was done to fine tune my vision and I am now miserable. My far sighted and near sighted vision are both considerably worse. There also seems to be a glare all the time. It has only been one week since the final yag laser and I am hoping that it will get better with time but I am really scared. I wish I had never had the yag laser done.
She also mentioned that she could not view the retina properly due to cloudiness of the capsule. Given the risk of retinal detachment with YAG Laser proceedure, she was not sure if the risk is worth the benefit. She mentioned that if there is a retinal detachment, she does not believe that my dad's eye could be fixed. I am confused about whether or not sould we go for YAG laser Capsulotomy.
The YAG laser opens the hazy posterior capsule behind the lens implant. This will occasionally create small fragments of the posterior capsule, which settle down into the vitreous gel behind the implant and are usually not noticeable.
Yes, I know it would not, but he did do a yag laser twice on that eye to try and open the capsule. I was just wondering if the vitrerous would possible clear on its on with time.
You should go with the recommendations of the surgeon you pick to do the yag capsulotomy. Also there is a wonderful new operation for Fuchs corneal dystrophy called Descemet Stripping (automated) epetheial keratoplasty. It heals much faster than a traditional corneal transplant, is much safer and give much better results. Its often called by acronyms like DSAEK and DSEK. Not all corneal surgeons can do this procedure.
At checkup a couple weeks ago, doctor scheduled appt in Jan to re-check left eye and possible YAG laser treatment. He said he could see some cloudiness around the edges. I am noticing marked decline in vision in left eye. It was 20/25 near and 20/20 intermediate a month ago. Now I'm having to wear readers to see both ranges more clearly. Does this further indicate the need for YAG,? Also, will this deterioration continue for the next few weeks, or should it stop getting worse.
ie in a room you can see the a glow/glare around/from sources of light. After the YAG laser capsulotomy (4mm in size out of 6mm) and lens remains stable, That glare/glow from sources of light has been reduced but it is still fairly noticible (6 weeks after the Yag) and no matter how much time i given it will not help. What should I do? I could go back and say do it again but I have a feeling the doctor might say no because 4mm out of 6mm increasing it may dislocate my lens implant.
I have revisited my opathalmologist she said that the eye capsule did get completely removed and that there is nothing there, however I still have this glare from sources of light. I also had the YAG performed on my left too and also the glare remains, I'd like to know what I can do to fix this as my doc says there isn't anything she can do. 1. Could you explain in a bit more detail?
I'm thinking perhaps my condition is posterior capsule opacity, as I can tell there's improved magnification in my eye, but it looks like there's a bed sheet or piece of cloth over my eye creating a hazy, dim view over my entire field of vision in the operated eye. What's the usual waiting period between the cataract surgery and the YAG laser capsulotomy? thanks so much!
Of the conditions you mention the EMR would be the most likely to cause your ghost image provided it does not go away with a properly prescribed glasses lens.
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