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Laser Cataract Surgery Nashville, TN

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What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

Wang Vision performed the first laser-assisted cataract surgery in the state.

Our center was the first in the state to perform laser cataract surgery, and we are excited to provide the most advanced diagnostic technology and treatment options for patients. Classified as an opacity of the natural lens of the eye, cataracts typically start to form after 40 years of age. Since cataracts are opaque regions within the makeup of the lens, the lens needs to be extracted and substituted with an IOL (intraocular lens) to control the condition. Our Nashville cataract surgeons perform treatments using the LenSx laser as well as a host of other technologies to provide you with the ideal treatment for your unique situation. The state-of-the-art LenSx laser can digitally diagram the eye's surface to make a more exact, scalpel-free incision, drastically decreasing the chances of infection.

For cataract patients who also have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, specialty IOLs are an option that can serve as corrective lenses. These IOLs not only rid the patient of cataracts but also eliminate their requirement for traditional prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Schedule a comprehensive eye examination at Wang Vision Institute to find out if you could be a good candidate for cataract removal.

Who is a Candidate for laser cataract surgery?

Any patient who has cataracts is potentially eligible for laser cataract surgery. As part of your assessment at Wang Vision Institute, one of our experienced ophthalmologists will be able to go over any possible restrictions, as well as discuss your ideal treatment options.

What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery?

Laser cataract surgery offers several significant benefits compared to traditional surgical methods. With its precise and accurate incisions, customization options, and enhanced safety features, laser technology revolutionizes the cataract surgery experience. For our patients at Wang Vision Institute, we offer a range of benefits from laser cataract surgery treatment, such as:

  • Lowered risk of corneal swelling during surgery
  • Quick, precise procedure with little recovery time
  • Overall a safe and trusted procedure for a number of patients
  • Improved vision with reduced need for vision assistance

What can I Expect during laser cataract surgery?

Around 30 ­– 45 minutes prior to laser cataract surgery, a member of our professional eye care team will numb the patient’s eyes with specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery is similar to traditional cataract surgery with the exception that no blades are used. Instead, our office's intuitive LenSx laser graphs an intricate map of the eye, which means that our laser can find the precise position of the cataract. After cataract removal, the surgeon will position the appropriate intraocular lens. Due to its exceptional accuracy, laser cataract surgery produces more impressive results and offers a quicker recovery process than traditional surgery.

What can I expect during recovery?

The recuperation time for laser cataract surgery ordinarily ranges from 1 – 2 months, but this period often depends on the patient. Throughout the healing process, patients are required to follow essential post-surgery guidelines to ensure the safest recovery. Those who receive laser cataract surgery need to use specific types of prescription eye drops for most of the recovery process. It's extremely important to not press on or irritate the eyes in any way as they continue to get better. For nearly all of our patients, vision is noticeably improved directly after their procedure; however, you may experience blurry vision for a few days until the post-op swelling starts to fade. Our team of ophthalmologists at Wang Vision Institute asks that all laser cataract surgery patients return for a series of follow-up visits in order to monitor their recovery process, as well as to ensure the patient's eyesight is progressing as it should.

Laser cataract surgery faq

Should I have laser or traditional cataract surgery?
Prior to recommending the appropriate cataract treatment, you will undergo a thorough consultation with our team. During this time, we will determine if you are a candidate for laser surgery.

How long does it take to recover from laser cataract surgery?
The recovery period after cataract removal may vary from patient to patient. Typically, the entire healing process can take around three months. You will also attend follow-up appointments so that our team can monitor your recovery.

Will my vision be restored after laser cataract surgery?
Most patients will experience a significant improvement in their vision following laser cataract surgery. It could take a few weeks to notice your results. As your eyes adjust after surgery, you will continue to see improved vision.

How common are cataracts?
Cataracts are a widespread vision condition, especially as people age. Over 24.4 million Americans over 40 have cataracts. The likelihood of developing cataracts increases with age, with more than half of Americans aged 80 and above either having cataracts or having undergone cataract surgery.

Is cataract surgery major surgery?
Cataract surgery, while a surgical procedure, is not categorized as major surgery. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you won't need to stay in a hospital overnight.

How do I know if I need cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery becomes necessary when the severity of your cataract significantly affects daily activities. Early symptoms might be manageable with solutions like anti-glare sunglasses and brighter lighting. However, if activities like driving or using digital screens become challenging due to vision loss, it's time to consider surgical options at Wang Vision Institute.

Advanced Cataracts Solutions

If ignored, cataracts will severely affect your day-to-day life and eventually result in a total loss of vision. With the help of laser cataract surgery at Wang Vision Institute, we can eliminate your cataract and help you achieve even better vision than before. We encourage any individuals who have been diagnosed with cataracts to schedule an appointment with a Nashville cataract surgeon. Dr. Ming Wang and his team can speak with you about each of your options and explain why laser cataract surgery is by far the best treatment for cataracts available today.

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