Yag laser vitreolysis is a treatment for floaters.
What does YAG laser vitreolysis involve?
The YAG laser vitreolysis procedure is a popular treatment for persistent floaters. This is the vaporising of floaters using the YAG (yttrium aluminium garnet) laser. The procedure is quick and painless with minimal risks.
Step 1: Your in-depth consultation
Following a detailed assessment, your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will discuss the best course of treatment for you. The consultant will be the same person who carries out your procedure and your checks at follow-up appointments.
Step 2: Before your laser vitreolysis procedure
Your consultant will perform detailed diagnostics to determine the position and distribution of the floaters in your eyes. Eye drops will be administered before the treatment to dilate your eyes. You will be awake during the operation and aware of some movement and contact, but the procedure will be painless.
Step 3: During YAG laser vitreolysis
The laser beam is reflected via a lens into the vitreous floater, and vaporises it by vitreolysis. Any other strands are also lasered. Each treatment takes about five minutes, and most patients will require three treatments a few weeks apart with a final treatment several months later to ensure all floaters have been vaporised.
Step 4: Rest and recovery
Afterwards, you will be taken to our recovery suite to rest before returning home.
Step 4: Your aftercare
Following your YAG laser vitreolysis, your consultant will see you for a follow-up consultation to check on your progress, assess the results and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with an emergency contact number so that if you do experience any unexpected symptoms, you can contact us.
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