Catract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding in the clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision is a cause of cataracts which makes it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.

Catract Surgery - Overview

A cataract is a clouding in the clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision is a cause of cataracts which makes it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.

Most cataracts develop slowly and do not disturb a person’s eyesight early on. But eventually, they interfere with your vision with time.

In the early stage, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, there might be a need for cataract surgery.

Catract Surgery - Symptoms

Some of the common signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

Catract Surgery - Pre-Procedure

A week or two before your surgery, your doctor will recommend some tests to measure the size and shape of your eye. This way, your doctor can choose the best artificial lens for you. He/She will probably tell you not to eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the surgery.

Catract Surgery - During Procedure

During the surgery, you’ll be kept awake for the procedure, but your doctor will numb your eye with medicine so that you won’t feel pain. Your doctor may also give you medication to help you relax. Cataract surgery usually takes under an hour. With the help of a laser, your surgeon will make a tiny cut in the front of your eye. Through this, he/she will put in a small tool to break up the cataract and gently suction it out. Next, your doctor will put in the new lens, which is made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic, and close the cut. You won’t need to stay overnight at the hospital for this surgery, but you’ll need someone to drive you home. If you have cataracts in both of your eyes, you’ll probably get two separate surgeries, typically within a few weeks.

Catract Surgery - Post-Procedure

After the surgery for a few days, your eye may itch or feel sore. During this time, you may also have some kind of tearing and find it hard to see well in bright light. Your doctor will give you eye drops and other medicines to prevent infection. You’ll need to take it easy for some days. You will be advised to not drive, and you shouldn’t bend over, pick up heavy things, or put any pressure on your eye. For the first week after the surgery, your doctor will likely suggest you wear an eye shield while you sleep. This eye shield will protect the site of your surgery so your eye can heal. If you’re in pain or you feel your eye isn’t healing like it should tell you shall inform your doctor right away. After almost 8 weeks, your eye should be fully healed. About 90% of people see better after cataract surgery. But don’t expect your vision to be perfect after the surgery. You may still require to wear glasses or contacts.

Catract Surgery - Risk & Complications

Side effects after cataract surgery are rare, but some things that could happen are:

  • Eye infection or swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Retinal detachment -the breaking away of a layer of tissue at the back of your eye that senses light
  • The feeling of pressure inside your eye
  • Loosening of a new implant
  • Fluid buildup in your eye
  • Drooping eyelid

Catract Surgery - Doctors

  • Dr. Sunaina Arora

    Dr. Sunaina Arora

    MBBS, MD - Ophthalmology Senior Consultant – Ophthalmology

    Ophthalmology

    18 Years of Experience

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Procedure Cost in USD Stay in Hospital Stay in India Total Days
Cataract Surgery 800-1000 1 days 7 days 8

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