Cataract Surgery and YAG Capsulotomy

dr. esparaz in an operating room

As we grow older, the clear lens in one or both of our eyes can become clouded as the proteins and fibers within it begin to break down and build up, resulting in a cataract. This cataract scatters and blocks lights as it enters the eye, causing the images we see to blur or become hazy. For those living with cataracts, it’s like seeing the world through a foggy window, making it difficult to read, drive, or work on a computer.

With help from Dr. E. Shanika Esparaz of Envision Ophthalmology & Wellness in Cleveland, you can regain the vision you thought you lost. Dr. Esparaz is a renowned, fellow-trained cataract surgeon with extensive experience in treating both routine and complex cataracts through state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care. Patients who undergo minimally-invasive cataract surgery can enjoy clearer vision and greater independence just days after their procedure, and for many, no longer have to depend on their glasses as much.

Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataracts can form due to age, genetics, past eye surgeries, or conditions such as diabetes. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Envision as soon as possible to prevent future vision impairment:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Colors appear faded
  • Difficulties seeing well at night
  • Sunlight, headlights, and inside lights appear too bright
  • Halos and glare caused by light
woman covering her eye with her hand
woman having an eye scan at envision

Treatment for Cataracts

If cataracts are getting in the way of your daily activities, laser cataract surgery is an incredibly safe and effective way to provide relief. In fact, 99% of patients who undergo the procedure see a significant improvement in their eyesight.

Cataract surgery involves replacing your damaged natural lens with a clear artificial lens. Before you undergo your procedure, Dr. Esparaz will perform a thorough diagnostic examination to determine the right intraocular lens (IOL) for you. During your surgery, she’ll make a small cut in your cornea to break up and remove the damaged lens using an ultrasound probe. She’ll then implant an IOL to restore your vision before closing the incision.

The entire surgery takes a few minutes and is typically performed at our outpatient surgery center. Most patients experience very little discomfort following the procedure.

YAG Capsulotomy for Clear Vision

In some cases, your vision may become blurry again after cataracts surgery if the natural lens capsule holding your IOL in places becomes wrinkled or cloudy. However, correcting this “secondary cataract” requires a quick, five-minute in-office procedure.

During YAG laser capsulotomy surgery, Dr. Esparaz will numb your eye with eye drops before making a small opening at the back of your cloudy lens capsule. This allows light to pass through your lens to give you the clear vision your desire. The procedure is so safe you should be able to return to your normal activities the same day.

Because YAG capsulotomy is performed at our clinic, you don’t have to worry about co-pays, insurance deductibles, or out-patient facility fees. Medicare patients, please contact us for more information.

Schedule Your Cataract Surgery and YAG Capsulotomy Consultation

At Envision Ophthalmology & Wellness, we want you to see all the beauty life has to offer. Contact us today to discover how cataract surgery can bring your world back into view.

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