About YAG Capsulotomy
In certain instances, men and women may experience hazy vision several years after having cataract removal surgery. This phenomenon occurs when the capsule (which is left intact after the procedure to hold the patient's artificial lens in place) produces cloudy cells that blur their line of sight. Along with cloudy eyesight, some also experience glare problems when driving at night. This common condition is known as posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and typically occurs months or years after surgery. Thankfully, PCO can be treated simply and easily with a noninvasive laser procedure called YAG capsulotomy.
At Wang Vision Institute, our skilled ophthalmologists perform YAG laser capsulotomies for patients experiencing blurred, cloudy vision several months or years after receiving cataract removal surgery. This nonsurgical treatment is performed at our Nashville, TN office by skilled ophthalmologists Drs. Ming Wang and Josh Frenkel. If you had cataract surgery in the past and are now experiencing cloudy eyesight, don't hesitate to contact our premier facility and schedule your comprehensive eye examination. During your one on one, our highly trained eye surgeons will formulate a treatment plan to solve your vision issues and restore your clear sight.
YAG capsulotomy is a fairly common outpatient procedure that is performed at our office. Ideal candidates for this innovative treatment are patients who have undergone cataract removal surgery in the past and are now having complications with blurred vision. Just like with other surgeries, it's recommended that patients be in good health before receiving YAG capsulotomy. To determine if this treatment is the best solution for your needs, our ophthalmologists will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your eye health. If your cataract surgery was successful with few or no issues, you will likely be approved for this surgery. You may be denied for a capsulotomy if you have certain preexisting conditions, such as:
- Macular edema
- Chronic or currently active uveitis
- A history of retinal tears or detachment
- A history of high intraocular pressure
A YAG capsulotomy is an outpatient procedure and takes just 15 – 20 minutes to perform here at our Nashville, TN office. Before your procedure, a member of our Wang Vision Institute team will dilate your pupils by applying special drops to the affected eye. When the dilating drops have taken effect, we will ask you to sit very still as one of our eye surgeons uses our state-of-the-art YAG laser to create an opening in the center of the cloudy capsule. This hole allows light to pass through, which in turn decreases or eliminates the cloudiness hampering your vision. Most patients notice an instant improvement in their sight while others may experience a gradual improvement over several days.
Follow-Up FOR YAG CAPSULOTOMY
Patients who receive YAG capsulotomy will likely be asked to come in the following day for a post-surgery check-in, as well as attend a second follow-up in the next week or so. The check-ins are essential because it's during these sessions that we'll be able to assess your results and make sure that the treatment was a success. This will also give you an opportunity to let us know if you're experiencing any complications or have any questions regarding your eye health.
The majority of people experience little to no discomfort after a YAG capsulotomy, but if you do, it should subside within 48 hours. We may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory eye drops, which you should administer to your eyes for a few weeks after your surgery. Since the surgery is noninvasive, patients will be able to return to their normal routines the next day. You should notice a significant improvement with your vision one day following the procedure.
"I have long been a fan of Dr. Wang, from whom I've received excellent care over the years. Recently I was treated by Dr. Zimmerman for a nonsurgical problem. He's terrific! He listened and then did a careful and thorough examination. He prescribed the perfect combination of medications and resolved a very troubling issue. Thanks for the great job Dr. Zimmerman!"- T.N. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"I am 3 days post SMILE procedure by Dr. Frenkel and could not be more satisfied with my results thus far! Dr. Frenkel and his staff were so kind, encouraging, and verbally walked me through each step during my procedure so I knew exactly what I would feel regarding pressure. During my follow up today, Dr. Frenkel took the time to make sure any questions or concerns were answered and addressed in full. He truly has a passion for his patients and it shows in his work. Thank you Dr. Frenkel!!"- E. / Healthgrades / Nov 24, 2020
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"The results of my surgeries were nothing short of a miracle. I had the 3D Forever Young performed on both my right and left eyes and cataracts removed by Dr. Frankel. I highly recommend him to anyone who is considering having these procedures. I owe him a debt of gratitude for restoring my sight. He is professional but personable. Read his credentials and other reviews and you will know why I chose him to perform these procedures. I also have to compliment his entire staff. Thank you all for what I anticipated being a scary experience to one I felt safe and confident about from the beginning. I have never been able to see so good."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 23, 2020
"To start, the front desk staff welcome you with such a warm welcome each time! Dr. Frenkel performed my SMILE procedure. He and his staff were so encouraging throughout the procedure and made me feel completely comfortable and confident after. I feel like Dr. Frenkel and Dr. Johnson are truly passionate about their patients progress and providing 5 star care at baseline. I could not have asked for better results! Thank you Wang Vision Institute."- E.S. / Facebook / Nov 23, 2020
after cataracts surgery
At Wang Vision Institute, our team knows that developing blurry, clouded vision after cataract surgery can be disheartening or even frustrating for many patients. This is why we're proud to perform YAG capsulotomy, a simple, noninvasive laser treatment to restore your clear vision and quality of life. If you think you may be experiencing cloudy vision as a result of posterior capsule opacification (PCO), contact our Nashville, TN office and schedule your one-on-one eye examination with one of our skilled ophthalmologists. Our team at Wang Vision Institute looks forward to enhancing your eye health, as well as your eyesight.