You can drive after the YAG laser treatment

FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT (with the YAG laser)

During cataract surgery, the posterior lens capsule was preserved to insert the artificial lens. This capsule has become cloudy and looks like frosted glass, so that visual disturbances have occurred. This opacity of the capsule behind the new lens in the eye is called after cataract, or capsular contracture.

How does the treatment work?

Opening of the posterior lens capsule with the laser.

For laser treatment, you sit with propped up your chin in front of the so-called laser slit lamp. With the eye open, the clouded lens capsule is opened with the laser beam in a precisely targeted manner. If necessary, a contact lens is placed on the cornea after the surface of the eye has been numbed by drops. The actual treatment is completely painless.

What are the chances of success?

As a rule, the treatment can restore the eyesight. However, if the eye is already damaged, e.g. in the case of retinal defects or glaucoma, the eyesight cannot achieve the desired quality.

What are the complications?

No procedure is completely risk-free. Also, no doctor can guarantee the success of a treatment. However, complications are rare with this treatment.
The following typical complications can occur despite the greatest care:

- A transient increase in intraocular pressure occurs in 2-3% a few hours after treatment. This can usually be successfully treated with suitable medication.

- In rare cases, the opening of the posterior lens capsule leads to inflammation-related swelling of the center of the retina (cystoid macular edema), which can lead to a reduction in vision. The swelling usually goes down over the course of a few weeks on its own or with drug therapy.

- Retinal detachment occurs in some eyes after treatment, which requires further reattachment, which is approximately 90% successful.

- In extremely rare cases, the artificial lens may slip or be damaged. In both cases, further interventions may be required.

What should you watch out for after the operation?

You will be given a tablet to be taken in the evening to prevent the pressure from rising. Please take the eye drops that have been prescribed for you four times a day for a week. The drops usually protect the eye from inflammation (swelling of the center of the retina) after the posterior lens capsule has been opened. Please keep the control appointments.

Due to the necessary dilatation of the pupil, it is not possible to drive a vehicle on the day of the treatment.