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Vitreous floaters,an under appreciated and under treated problem: patient satisfaction and complications of YAG vitreolysis

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First Author: I.Singh USA

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Purpose:

To assess the impact of yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) vitreolysis on patient satisfaction and to determine the rate of complications with this procedure

Setting:

The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Methods:

This retrospective, observational study included 168 eyes of n=124 patients (mean age, 66 years [range, 42 to 89 years]) who underwent YAG vitreolysis with the Ultra Q Reflex&trade (Ellex Medical Lasers, Adelaide, Australia), a neodymium-doped (Nd) YAG laser in an office outpatient setting. [Power range 2.0 mj - 5.5 mj] Patient satisfaction was assessed with a 1−10 self-rated scale, with higher values indicating greater patient satisfaction. Information on complications was recorded for all patients.

Results:

A total of 92% of patients were satisfied with the procedure. Out of 168 procedures, we observed one case of intraocular pressure spike requiring IOP lowering meds, and two phakic lenses were damaged, one of which required cataract surgery. No retinal detachment or other retinal complications were seen and there was no anterior chamber or vitreous reaction

Conclusions:

Nd: YAG vitreolysis with the Ultra Q Reflex&trade is associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction, similar to that with procedures such as cataract surgery and refractive surgery. The procedure has an excellent risk/benefit ratio. FINANCIAL INTEREST: NONE

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