Traditional Cataract Surgery
Considered a safe and overall effective option to remove a cataract, traditional cataract surgery (also called phacoemulsification) is one of the more commonly performed eye treatments around the world. Our highly trained team of eye surgeons at Wang Vision Institute has the skills and tools necessary to perform both traditional and laser cataract surgeries for our Nashville, TN patients. After conducting a comprehensive eye exam and physical evaluation, Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel will be able to determine which technique is best for your unique situation and needs. The primary difference between the two procedures is that traditional surgery is performed using handheld surgical tools while laser-assisted cataract surgery is completed using a register of state-of-the-art technologies that can be utilized to best suit your condition. Schedule a visit to our office to learn more about the differences between traditional and laser cataract surgery and to hear about the benefits associated with both techniques.
Best Candidates for Traditional Cataract Surgery
In general, patients who have cataracts could be eligible for traditional cataract surgery as long as they are in good overall health. Certain types of astigmatism may decrease the likelihood of optimal outcomes, which could be a factor in a person's eligibility for the procedure. However, several types of astigmatism may now be corrected simultaneously with cataract surgery. In addition, preexisting eye disorders, such as macular degeneration or a detached retina, could get in the way of a patient’s eligibility for cataract surgery.
Our team at Wang Vision Institute will conduct a thorough evaluation of each patient’s condition and medical history to determine whether traditional cataract surgery is their best treatment option. In the majority of cases, laser cataract surgery is our practice's preferred method to treat individuals with cataracts because of the versatility, accuracy, and precision that comes with laser-assisted procedures.
"I took my mom for exam in January. The staff was great. My mom has Fuch's Dystrophy and needed cataract surgery. Had that done in March. After meeting Dr. Wang and the staff I knew we were in good hands."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 19, 2020
"I took my Mom for exam in January. She has Fuch's Dystrophy and needed cataract surgery. Had cataract surgery in March. So far everything is great. After meeting Dr. Wang and staff, I knew she was in good hands."- T.M. / Yelp / Mar 18, 2020
"I had small incision lasik in October 2019 to correct astigmatism and near sidedness in both of my eyes. I am beyond satisfied with the services I received. I see way better than I ever did with contacts or glasses. Everyone I have seen at Wang Vision Institute have been so nice and personable. They were amazing at easing the anxiety I experienced when it was time for the procedure and even took a video on my phone because I asked for one! Dr. Frenkel did a great job and I have not regretted having this done with him by any means!"- A.S. / Yelp / Mar 18, 2020
"Surgery was great. Staff is very professional and thorough"- J.J. / Facebook / Mar 11, 2020
"Two months after receiving "Forever Young" lens replacement surgery from Dr. Wang, I am once again able to read fine print and see my computer screen. My experience with Wang Vision Institute was wonderful and produced a result which is life changing!"- C.Y. / Healthgrades / Mar 10, 2020
What To Expect with Traditional Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is performed to remove a cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial IOL, which can restore or even improve vision. To start off, your surgeon will numb the eye using special eye drops and an anesthesiologist may administer IV sedation as well. The surgeon will then make a tiny incision into the cornea using a medical instrument. Through this opening, we will use a fine tool to go behind the pupil and access the capsule that contains the cataract. Once accessed, an opening will be made and a probe will be inserted into the area. This probe will produce sound waves that will cause the lens to break up, and the remaining pieces will be removed with a suction device. Your eye surgeon will then replace the cloudy lens with an artificial lens that was selected during the planning stages of your surgery. Sutures are not typically needed for this procedure.
WHY CHOOSE LASER?
Although traditional cataract surgery is a reliable technique to remove a cataract and replace a clouded lens with an artificial IOL, our eye surgeons at Wang Vision Institute prefer the bladeless, precise nature of laser cataract surgery. Using advanced technology, our surgeons are able to personalize your treatment to address your unique needs. At our Nashville, TN office, Dr. Wang utilizes a register of advanced technologies — the 3D TrueVision microsurgical system, the intra-operative ORA wavefront system, laser lens surgery, and laser astigmatism treatment — to optimize your surgical experience and address each patient's unique situation. The comprehensive treatment men and women can receive with laser-assisted cataract surgery is unrivaled, especially when your eye care is placed in the hands of our capable team who boasts a great deal of training and experience in utilizing state-of-the-art laser devices.
YOU HAVE MANY OPTIONS
With advancements being made in the medical industry every day, patients diagnosed with cataracts now have more options available to them than ever to address their condition and restore their vision. While traditional cataract surgery is a potential solution and can produce wonderful outcomes for many, the precision and accuracy of laser-assisted cataract surgery are unrivaled. At Wang Vision Institute, our knowledgeable team will work with you to determine the best path suitable for your condition. Contact our Nashville, TN office to learn more about your cataract treatment options today.