What is Cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye, usually with ageing. This opacity obstructs the passage of light resulting in a reduction of clear vision. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and focusses onto the Retina creating a clear image of the objects you see, which is obstructed by cataract.
What happens during a cataract surgery?
The natural lens of the eye that turns cloudy or milky due to cataract formation is surgically removed and is replaced with an artificial lens to restore vision. You will be administered a light sedative which will relax your nerves and keep you comfortable during the procedure.
Anesthetic eye drops will be used to completely numb the eye. The entire procedure is performed through an incision that is smaller than 1/8 an inch and does not require stitches to heal.
Once the cataract is removed, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is placed to replace the original defected lens, in order to restore your sight.
Is Cataract surgery Safe?
Cataract surgery has become increasingly common and safe, given the advancements in technology over the last few decades.
The latest in Cataract Surgeries are Phacoemulsification, Femtosecond Laser assisted cataract surgery and Zepto laser assisted cataract surgery. Most patients will not require an eye patch and will not have any discomfort.
Is Cataract Surgery Painful?
Cataract removal is not painful, it is an outpatient surgery. A few numbing drops will be put in your eye(s) before the surgery to make you more comfortable. The procedure usually takes a few minutes and you can return home, shortly after your procedure.
What are the treatment options for Cataract?
Surgery is the only course of treatment for cataract. There are two options available for cataract surgery. Talk to your eye care provider about the best options to free yourself from cataracts, as well as your glasses.
What are the Intraocular lens options I have?
There are two types of lens available:
- Mono-focal: This lens cover only distant vision. Near vision needs glasses prescription.
- Multi-focal lens: This covers both, distance and near vision.
Discuss with your ophthalmologist, on what’s best for your eyes.
How do I choose the right lens?
Choosing a lens for cataract surgery is a big decision, because your new lens will change the way you see the world around you - more clearly and without any blurriness from cataract. Hence you’ll want to choose something that’s right for you.
Most people prefer making the extra investment for advanced-technology and lens that is well worth it. Talk to your surgeon about cataract surgery costs and whether you qualify for advanced-technology lens.
The surgeon and practice staff help you understand your options and choose the best lens and surgery that’s right for you.
What are the different Cataract removal methods used in Smart Vision?
At Smart Vision Eye Hospitals we use advanced technologies to treat cataract, for the benefit of the patient, in terms of comfort and accuracy to deliver best visual outcomes.
We use robotic laser surgery, a new technology, which uses laser machines, to operate on cataract patients. This makes the surgery more predictable and safer. It offers high precision, perfect lens placement & alignment, and best visual outcomes.
The incision of the cornea, opening of the lens capsule and fragmentation of the lens are done robotically making it safer, accurate, faster and predictable. Recovery with robotic cataract surgery is faster and more comfortable.
The 3 methods we use are:
- Phacoemulsification is the most common method of modern cataract surgery, and it is a safe and effective method of cataract removal, enabling intraocular lens (called IOL, or artificial lens) inside the eye, with an incision as small as 1.5mm.
- Zepto laser assisted cataract surgery - This is significantly cheaper, results in a stronger capsulotomy, provides fewer logistical challenges and reduces overall surgical time. Zepto Cataract surgery is the latest advancement in automated cataract surgery which enhances the precision, safety & final visual outcomes,
- Femtosecond laser cataract surgery - A laser beam is used to create the capsulotomy (a circular hole is created in the anterior part of the capsule of the natural lens, by a procedure called capsulotomy), eliminating the chances of human error and possible complications. This technique, automates the capsulotomy process.
When can I resume my daily routine with Cataract Surgery?
Most people enjoy improved vision by the next day of the surgery, or within a few days, following the procedure. Many people return to their normal daily activities including, reading, driving, and exercise, the day after surgery.
Is Cataract Surgery Expensive?
The cost depends on the technology used, the expertise and experience of the doctor, insurance coverage etc. However, at Smart Vision Hospitals, we care about our patients’ vision and treatment. Hence we provide more comfortable and easier payment option for them, such as:
- EMIs (equal, monthly instalments)
- Choosing the Intraocular Lens (IOL) of your choice, and paying only the surgery fee, thereby cutting the cost up to 50%. We provide imported lens at affordable price.