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All about Cataract Surgery

Cataract is the cloudy film on the lens of the eyes that prevents clear vision. It is also called Opacification. It usually happens due to aging but might also happen in younger people who smoke a lot or are into drugs. A cataract can only be removed completely through a surgery. Here are some points to help you with it.

A cataract surgery involves the removal of the cloudy lens and it is replaced by a man-made lens. There are many kinds or surgery.

  • Phaco – It is practiced in developed countries where a machine with an ultrasonic hand-piece, with a steel tips is used to remove the cataract.
  • Manual Small Incision- It involves the removal of the cataract by making a scleral wound.
  • Intra-capsular Cataract Extraction- It involves the removal of the lens as well as the surrounding lens capsule and is usually done when the cataract is extreme.

If a person has cataract in both eyes, then chances are that the doctor will not operate both the eyes at the same time. Also it is common to feel a little bit of irritation or itching in the eye after a surgery. However, the challenge is to resist the temptation and not to touch the eye to relive that irritation. 98% of the surgeries are considered successful and with laser surgery, the numbers are going up.

One of the biggest questions that patients have is by what time should they be able to see clearly. For the surgery to be absolutely successful and to obtain maximum result, it is essential to keep on taking the medication and use the eye drops prescribed by the doctor. [Read : How to Take Care of Your Retina?] There is a noticeable difference the day after the surgery itself but prescription glasses are also suggested for impeccable vision, especially in older patients.

Usually, there are no serious complications after a cataract surgery. However, after months or years maybe, the patient might again experience a cloudiness of the vision. This is sometimes mistaken to be a relapse of the cataract but it is not. The capsule or the outer lining wall of the cataract is kept in place so that it can support the new lens that has been implanted. This lining can cloud up a bit but a simple YAG laser will take care of the problem. [Read: Do’s and Don’ts on the Day of Cataract Surgery]

So visit us today if you have any eye related problems and we will take care of it.

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