Ellex Tango Reflex YAG and SLT Laser
The Ellex Tango Reflex is a combined Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) and Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) laser. It allows the ophthalmologists at Fredericksburg Eye Associates to perform four different procedures in clinic with the same laser:
- YAG Capsulotomy for secondary cataract or posterior capsular opacification (PCO). After cataract surgery, the bag or capsule that holds the intraocular lens (IOL) will become cloudy or opacified about 10% of the time. This is a painless 60 second procedure that usually restores the vision to how it was right after cataract surgery.
- YAG vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters. The Ellex Reflex laser is the first YAG laser to ever be used in a randomized controlled trial demonstrating the safety and efficacy of vaporizing floaters with a laser. Significant technological improvements were made over older lasers to improve the surgeon's view of floaters and allow for a safer, more effective procedure. Not every floater can be lasered safely and the doctors at Fredericksburg Eye Associates perform a thorough examination with specialized imaging to determine if a patient is a good candidate or not.
- YAG iridotomy for narrow or closed angle glaucoma. The laser is used to create a tiny hole in the iris to prevent acute angle closure glaucoma, a dangerous and sight-threatening condition.
- SLT for open angle glaucoma. SLT has been used for many years with success to lower patient's intraocular pressure. It is a safer alternative than more invasive glaucoma surgeries and can sometimes be used instead of glaucoma medications.