Yag laser treatment explained
Yag laser is a treatment carried out on patients experiencing problems after cataract or lens replacement surgery. It can effectively eliminate any cloudiness that may develop overtime on the replacement lens, which can significantly affect a patient’s vision.
After a successful cataract or lens replacement procedure most patients will find their vision has greatly improved. Replacing a problematic natural lens with a clear artificial one is a tried and tested method that has shown to successfully improve the health and stability of vision. Having said that, sometimes, the back of the artificial implant can become cloudy and interfere with a person’s sight.
When vision becomes inhibited like this, Yag laser treatment can be used to solve the problem quickly, and with little discomfort to the patient.
At Mhc, we don’t provide any healthcare advice or recommendations, but strive to assist you in your journey to finding a care provider who can carry out the treatment you need.
What is a Yag laser?
A Yag laser is a beam of intense light that is used to clear an opening in the cloudy artificial lens capsule to allow light to pass through. This results in restoring clear vision once again.
Why have Yag laser treatment?
Usually, receiving treatments like lens replacement or cataract surgery can be a time of relief and joy. To go through a positive experience in which you were able to restore or improve your sight, to then be affected by another debilitating condition can cause a lot of stress and mental discomfort for a lot of people. Luckily the solution is quick and easily accessible.
Here are some of the reasons why people may choose to have Yag laser treatment:
- Improved vision
- Be more independent
- Improved self-confidence
- Better mental health
- Less falls
- A greater enjoyment of social activities and passions and hobbies
Am I suitable for Yag laser treatment
Firstly, Yag laser isn’t a type of laser eye correction procedure. To be eligible for Yag laser you must have an artificial lens that has become frosty or cloudy and is inhibiting your vision. To understand whether Yag laser is the treatment for you an assessment will need to be carried out by a specialist who can determine the exact cause of the problem. They will then confirm if you’re a good candidate for this treatment.
How much does Yag laser treatment cost?
Fix prices for this procedure are only available on request from a care provide and can vary depending on the method needed to successfully achieve the desired outcome.
Typically, the treatment can cost between £400 and £600 per eye. Single eye treatments may be more expensive as some care providers offer discounts on combined treatments.
How to choose where to go for a Yag laser treatment?
Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you should check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice
At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like Yag laser, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK. To make things even easier for patients and visitors, we take extra care to ensure that all clinics and hospitals we work with are registered with the CQC or similar regulators.
In addition to finding a place to have lens replacement surgery, you should also research and assess the doctor that will carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.
Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we urge you to thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.
What does Yag laser involve?
Drops will be used to dilate the eyes to make the lens easier to access and numb them to prevent discomfort. Once your eyes are numb and you’re ready to start the treatment a contact lens will be used to help focus the laser beam on to a specific point and keep the eyes open during the treatment.
The procedure itself takes around 5 minutes to complete per eye and involves using the Yag laser to create an opening in the middle of the artificial lens. Immediately after the procedure clear light will be able to pass through into the eye, restoring clear vision once again.
Before Yag laser treatment
When you arrive at your clinic you should expect to have an eye test to assess the condition of your eye and check its pressure. Your consultant should take you through what the procedure involves again and give you a chance to ask any question that might still be on your mind.
After Yag laser and recovery
Although the procedure is very quick, only a few minutes per eye, you’ll need stay afterwards for a short time to have the pressure in your eye checked before being discharged.
Results are almost immediate, but there may be some blurred vision caused by the drops used to dilate the eye. This should clear up fairly quickly.
Like many other eye treatments, you will not be permitted to drive until full recovery is made and your consultant gives you the all clear. Ensure the necessary travel arrangements are made to get you back home after the procedure is complete.
A follow up appointment should be arranged to check the eye to make sure recovery has gone as to plan.
Risks and complications with Yag laser treatment
Yag laser is generally a safe procedure that delivers good results on a regular basis. Having said that, like many medical procedures it is important to be aware of any risks or complications that could arise, no matter how unlikely it may be.
The most common complication that can occur is an increase in eye pressure, which is why your consultant should check your eye pressure before and after treatment. If high pressure is discovered, medication will be provided.
Other possible risks and complications include:
- Retinal detachment
- Swelling of the macula
Your consultant should discuss all potential risks and complications with you before your treatment.
If you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the hospital or clinic that performed the procedure and explain your situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during your consultation.
If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you received you should contact the CQC.
hings to consider before your procedure
Yag laser may be a necessary procedure to improve your quality of life. Nonetheless before having treatment it’s important to be prepared and set some realistic expectations on the potential outcome.
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare?
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready to have Yag laser treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication and a consultation with an expert. The more information you can gather about the procedure and your surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.