Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports National Headlines
YAG Surgery Helps Patients See Clearly
07/03/2012

In a steady and caring tone, Dr. Gerald Lane patiently explains each step of the process for a patient preparing to undergo a procedure known by the acronym – YAG. According to Lane, YAG stands for Yttrium Aluminum Garnet – the three metals that are joined together to form the incisive surgery. “(The metals are) what forms the laser,” Lane explained. “And, YAG is a procedure done on post-cataract patients who develop opacity, or clouding, in the posterior capsule.” The natural lens has a cellophane-like outer lining called the capsule. During cataract surgery the back membrane of the natural lens (posterior capsule) is left in place to support the artificial, intraocular lens implant. The posterior capsule is normally clear, however, people who have cataract surgery will eventually develop cloudiness of this membrane. “It is normal for all patients, after cataract surgery, to develop posterior capsule opacity and between three months to three years or so they will need this (YAG) procedure,” Lane said. “A patient will perhaps realize a need for this procedure as their vision becomes blurry.” The condition should not be a complete surprise to patients, according to Lane, as most cataract surgeons warn their patients that this condition may develop in the future. They examine patients at around six months after a cataract procedure to see if the condition is in fact developing. “The cause of the condition which prompts the (YAG) procedure occurs following cataract surgery,” Lane said. “We remove the natural frosty lens from the eye and then we try to clean cellular debris from the capsular bag. Some transparent cells remain that later opacify. They then tend to migrate across the capsule causing a fog in one’s vision.” The decision to have this procedure is based on the same criteria as the decision to have the original cataract surgery: § Vision problems are affecting your work or lifestyle. § Glare caused by bright lights is a problem. § You cannot pass a vision test required for a driver's license. § You have double vision. § The difference in vision between your two eyes is significant. § You have another vision-threatening eye disease. The procedure is not needed unless vision loss caused by clouding of the lens capsule is seriously affecting the person's vision and lifestyle. The procedure, more formally called “YAG laser capsulotomy” is as simple as a routine office visit. After dilation of the pupil, the patient sits at the slit lamp. The surgeon focuses the laser beam precisely on a part of the clouded capsule and applies the laser beam. This makes an opening in the cloudy membrane without affecting any other part of the eye. “The procedure itself is very brief and takes only 30 to 60 seconds per eye,” Lane said. “We have the patient arrive 30 minutes prior to their procedure so that one or both eyes can be dilated. Patients are allowed to stay in their normal clothing” Done on an outpatient basis, Lane says the procedure, is relatively simple and he added, “it is not painful.” “A topical anesthesia is used to numb the eye temporarily and a patient may hear a ‘snap, snap’ or clicking sound during the procedure, but they will feel no pain,” he said. “Visual improvement occurs in 3 to 4 hours when the dilated pupil constricts and after the procedure, patients are able to resume their normal activities very quickly.” As with most procedures, there is a chance for some complications, however, they are extremely rare. Most common complications are floaters, which may be present for a few days or a few weeks. Occasionally, the eye pressure will increase and medication may be required. The benefits are great. “It clears ones vision, much like it was cleared after the original cataract surgery,” Lane said. There is really no age limit for the procedure, according to Lane. “Most cataract patients I perform this procedure on are age 50 on up; however, on a rare occasion we do cataract surgery on teens or younger patients,” he said. Lane has been very busy with YAG procedures at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. “Most months I do 10 to 15 YAG laser treatments on eyes at Southwest Medical Center,” he said. “In June, I performed 33. We are delighted that the practice is growing. YAG laser creates an elegant central clarity that restores the patient’s vision. It is wonderful to live in an age where we can all benefit from the YAG laser surgery.”
© SWMC Press Release
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Police Investigate Homicide In Dodge City
Two Semi's Collide On Highway 54, One Injured
Sanitation Truck Rolls, Injures Driver
Jerry Odle "Serves" Up Winning Duck
Sublette Man To Build Distillery On Historic Grounds In Dodge City
Man Arrested in Dodge City Killing
KDOT Announces Projects In Southwest Kansas
Duck Festival, Soup, Stew, Chili, Dessert Cook-Off This Saturday
Mosaic WIns KSCB's Cook Off
Bob Dole Makes Return to Liberal  
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Locals Weigh In On Highway Projects At KDOT Meeting
Redskins Rank Third in Soccer Poll
Seward Duo Qualifies for ITA Nationals
Teacher Retirements On The Rise
Seward Wins Oz Fest Classic
Liberal and Wichita North Settle for a Tie
Slatten Makes Podium at Lawrence Race
LHS Girls Competitive at Dodge City Tennis Tournament
Aggies Deliver Another Beat Down
Man Arrested in Dodge City Killing
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Kansas Lottery

©2014 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group