A secondary cataract, a clouding of the posterior lens capsule, may form some years after successful cataract surgery. It is a relatively easy procedure to treat the cloudy capsule with the YAG laser (YAG capsulotomy), so that no long-term visual impairment occurs.
In the case of acute glaucoma (a rare and usually painful form of glaucoma – with very high pressure values) the laser is used to shoot a tiny hole in the iris (YAG iridotomy) which serves to equalize the pressure. The other eye is treated prophylactically as part of the process.
Another type of laser is used to treat retinal vascular occlusions caused by thrombosis and advanced diabetic retinopathy.
We also use laser technology to repair retinal tears as a precaution against retinal detachment.