Neodymium:YAG Laser Peripheral Iridotomy: Cause of a Visually Incapacitating Cataract?

Dhawahir-Scala, Felipe Eduardo; Clark, David
July 2006
Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p330
Academic Journal
Neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser peripheral iridotomy is the procedure of choice to treat and avoid further episodes of angle-closure glaucoma. A patient who developed a visually incapacitating posterior subcapsular lens opacity shortly after Nd:YAG laser peripheral iridotomy is described. The patient underwent cataract surgery and achieved a good level of visual acuity postoperatively. The intraocular pressure remained under control with no medical treatment. This case suggests a possible, albeit rare, potential complication of Nd:YAG laser peripheral iridotomy.


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