Cataracts


What is a Cataract?
There is a clear lens inside your eye that helps focus light onto the retina.Due to aging the lens becomes more cloudy and turns yellowish in colour.At this time light cannot be focused as it gets scaterred on entering the eye which makes an image look blurry.One may notice decrease in vision gradually.Glasses may be useful in early stages of cataract. However,as time passes the lens becomes more cloudy and glasses may not correct your vision enough.  This is when surgery may be required.

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When should cataracts be removed?
Everyone gets some degree of cataract as they get older. With recent advances in surgical techniques,surgery is considered when a cataract starts to interfere with things you like or have to do like reading, sewing, driving at night or experiencing a glare in bright sunlight.

 How are cataracts treated?
 The treatment of cataract is only surgery which is done as out patient procedure. The surgery  takes about ten minutes.The entire hospital stay may be for two hours.

During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a man-made intraocular lens (IOL). Cataract surgery has undergone may advances in the past few years which has made it a very safe and reliable procedure.

There are very few  restrictions following surgery. It is important not to rub or get water in your eye for about a week after surgery.

What about glasses after surgery?
The new lens (IOL)functions the similar way as the natural lens in focusing the light and allows you to see images more clearly. There will be improvement in your vision soon or after few days following surgery.  However, you may need glasses to fine tune your vision for distance, near, or both.

What about secondary cataracts?
After cataract surgery, the vision may become blurry after some months or years. This is not due to another cataract, but by the clouding of the capsule that now hold your new lens . This is easily treated by a laser procedure of few minutes called a YAG Capsulotomy.