YAG and Argon Laser Treatments

View 3D VideoThe use of lasers for vision correction procedures is more popular and effective than ever before. LASIK and other refractive procedures have revolutionized vision correction and allowed millions to see more clearly without glasses. At the Westfield Eye Center, the benefits of laser technology extend from beyond the realm of vision correction to the treatment of serious eye diseases.

At our Las Vegas laser eye surgery center, we utilize state-of-the-art laser technology for treatment of certain medical conditions of the eye. Both the Argon laser and the YAG laser have made treatment of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease,and complications of cataract surgery quicker and more effective, with reduced incidence of complications.

If you would like to learn more about YAG and Argon surgical procedures, click here to request a consultation online with a qualified eye doctor in Las Vegas at the Westfield Eye Center.

Argon Laser

Argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) is a procedure commonly used in the treatment of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. Both of these conditions can cause increased pressure within the eye due to fluid buildup, potentially damaging the optic nerve and compromising vision.

When ALT is done, your doctor uses a laser to make more openings in the drainage pathways (the trabecular meshwork) in your eye. The procedure can reduce the pressure in your eye and may help prevent more damage to the optic nerve and further loss of vision. Typically, this procedure is performed on glaucoma patients for whom medication and drops have not provided significant relief.

After this painless outpatient procedure, some patients report blurred vision for a few hours, which usually clears up within a day. Up to 90% of patients experience successful results. Although the reduction in fluid pressure may not be permanent, it can delay the need for conventional glaucoma surgery for some time.

YAG Laser

The YAG laser is used to treat a condition of cataract surgery known as posterior capsular haze or posterior capsule opacity. The capsule contains the lens of the eye and the front part is opened during cataract surgery to remove the lens. A new intraocular lens then can be placed inside the capsule through the same, tiny incision. Although every effort is made to keep the capsule clear, cloudiness or opacity occurs at the incision site in about 20% of patients, at some time after surgery.

YAG laser capsulotomy is a relatively straightforward procedure which effectively remedies haze or opacity of the capsule. The laser creates an opening in the center of the cloudy capsule, removing the opacity from your line of sight without making an incision or "touching" the eye. The painless procedure takes only a few minutes allowing patients to resume normal activity immediately. Most patients see instant improvement in their vision, while others experience a gradual improvement over a few days.

If you would like to learn more about the treatment of eye disease with YAG and Argon lasers, click here to request a consultation online with a qualified eye doctor at the Westfield Eye Center. Or, you may call our office at 702-362-EYES (3937) to schedule an appointment.