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Can YAG laser capsulotomy be done after a PVD in both eyes?
A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a separation of the vitreous gel inside the back cavity of the eye. It is most often part of the aging process but can also occur following cataract surgery or YAG laser capsulotomy. A PVD can be associated with retinal tears and detachments. Any new floaters or flashes of light should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
A posterior capsular opacity (PCO) is a clouding of the thin membrane (lens capsule) holding the intraocular lens following cataract surgery. YAG laser treatment makes a hole in this cloudy lens capsule to restore clear vision.
Yes, a YAG laser capsulotomy can be performed in the presence of pre-existing PVD. Rarely, it can lead to a retinal tear or detachment, although people like you who already have a PVD may be at somewhat lower risk.
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