What Is a YAG Peripheral Iridotomy?
With regular eye function, your aqueous ocular fluid generally circulates in between the lens and iris. In between the iris and cornea, this fluid filters into something called the trabecular network. If your aqueous fluid cannot flow because of a blockage or another disruption, a buildup of fluid may occur and increase your intraocular pressure. When this happens, it causes a severe eye disease called glaucoma and may cause damage to your optic nerve. Your optic nerve is responsible for transmitting vision stimuli to the brain, and as the pressure increases, you may have partial vision loss or blindness. At Bentz Eye Center, we offer YAG peripheral iridotomy (PI) laser treatment to make a new drainage canal within the eye and decrease intraocular pressure. For patients with acute-angle closure glaucoma or narrow-angle closure glaucoma, please schedule an appointment with our board-certified ophthalmologists and discover if a YAG laser iridotomy can enhance your ocular health.
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How Does a YAG PI Work?
We perform YAG laser PI as an outpatient procedure at our cutting-edge West Palm Beach, FL eye center, and generally, it only takes a few minutes to finish. At your appointment, we will ask you to sit comfortably in front of our YAG laser. Next, our board-certified ophthalmologist administers numbing eye drops and places a lens across your eye for better laser precision. Once your eye is completely numb, the YAG laser makes a tiny incision on the outer portion of your iris, providing a new channel so your aqueous fluid can drain better. This technique helps reduce intraocular pressure and decreases the strain on your optic nerve. Usually, your recovery time is short, enabling you to return to your daily activities somewhat quickly.
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YAG peripheral iridotomy FAQ
Are there any complications with YAG peripheral iridotomy?
There could be some complications associated with the procedure, including blurred vision or hyphema (bleeding in the eye). However, our team will work closely with you to ensure that any complication is handled appropriately.
How long will YAG peripheral iridotomy take?
The treatment is quick, as it generally takes around five minutes or so. If you have additional questions, schedule an appointment in our office.
Will YAG peripheral iridotomy hurt?
During the procedure, the laser on your eye may feel strange, but it will not cause pain. We will numb the area so that you don’t feel any pain.
How long does it take to recover from YAG peripheral iridotomy?
There is no specific recovery time following your laser iridotomy, but your vision may be blurry for a few minutes after the procedure. Sensitivity to light may happen for a few days after the procedure.
Advanced Laser Glaucoma Treatment
Without preventive care and monitoring, glaucoma is a severe eye condition that can significantly impact your eyesight. Our team of expert ophthalmologists at Bentz Eye Center can manage and treat all stages of glaucoma. They have years of experience performing advanced laser-assisted procedures, like YAG peripheral iridotomies. To discover additional benefits of YAG PI or other glaucoma treatments, please schedule an appointment at our West Palm Beach, FL eye care center.