Nd: YAG photodisruptors

S. Trokel, C. D. Belcher, H. L. Little, K. J. Fritz, D. H. Sliney, E. L. Thomas, J. D. Bullock, J. T. Thompson, R. Anderson

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The Nd:YAG laser surgery can cut lens capsule, vitreous and capsular membranes, strands, and adhesions, and the iris within the surgically unopened eye, thereby avoiding or minimizing infection, wound leaks, and other complications of conventional intraocular surgery. The technique has found its most widespread use in performing posterior capsulotomies after extracapsular cataract surgery. It has an extremely low complication rate when used in the anterior segment and is a preferred alternative to surgical discission. The uncertainties regarding its safety in creating iridotomies in phakic eyes have lessened with its extensive use in patients with pupillary- block glaucoma. However, caution is urged in other applications in phakic eyes. Following each Nd:YAG laser procedure, the eye should be monitored for elevation of intraocular pressure during the first two hours, and for retinal tears, retinal detachment, or cystoid macular edema during the first month after the procedure. Laser applications in the vitreous cavity appear to be of limited use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1736-1742
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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