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.
"Recently received LASIK surgery from Wang Vision Institutes and I couldn't be happier with the results. Within 24 hours I could see all the telephone towers on the Nashville horizon in exquisite detail, and read the smallest words on the furthest skyscrapers. My night vision has been surprisingly unaffected as well! Got in an out in one single day, spent 5 hours from start to finish. Would highly recommend"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 25, 2021
"Recently received LASIK surgery from Wang Vision Institutes and I couldn't be happier with the results. Within 24 hours I could see all the telephone towers on the Nashville horizon in exquisite detail, and read the smallest words on the furthest skyscrapers. My night vision has been surprisingly unaffected as well! Got in an out in one single day, spent 5 hours from start to finish. Would highly recommend"- A.K. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2021
"Recently received LASIK surgery from Wang Vision Institutes and I couldn't be happier with the results. Within 24 hours I could see all the telephone towers on the Nashville horizon in exquisite detail, and read the smallest words on the furthest skyscrapers. My night vision has been surprisingly unaffected as well! Got in an out in one single day, spent 5 hours from start to finish. Would highly recommend"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 25, 2021
"I can't thank Dr. Frenkel and his staff more! I was always told I would be wearing contacts for life due to the extreme prescription I had. Two days post op I ad 20/20 vision. Doc is personable, professional, and extremely competent. Dr. Zimmerman, James, and the entire team were fantastic! Can't recommend them enough!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 24, 2021
"The Wang Vision Institute was so great from start to finish! From my consult to my LASIK procedure, the entire staff were helpful and caring. They made me feel like I was the only patient that mattered while there. If you are trying to find a surgeon for your corrective vision procedure, I definitely recommend Dr. Frenkel or Wang. Options are given to you same day regarding what you are a good candidate for, whether it be LASIK or the SMILE procedure. I am very satisfied with my vision results after just having done LASIK two days ago!"- B.G. / Facebook / Feb 21, 2021
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.