CATARACT

Cataract is the opacity (clouding) of eye’s natural lens which is normally transparent. When lens become cloudy, light rays cannot pass through them easily and vision becomes blurred. It can develop in one eye or both eyes and has a variety of causes. The Cataract Clinic at Sankara is equipped with world class infrastructure and is overseen by an expert team of doctors and paramedical staff. The clinic is equipped to screen, detect, diagnose and offer right procedural corrections for cataract. We offer treatment at all of our hospital locations listed below.

THE CAUSES OF CATARACTS

Cataract development is a normal process of aging. Any person may develop it sooner or later. Cataract can also be present from birth. Researchers across the world have recognized factors that are associated with the formation as well as the development of cataract. Besides increasing age, cataract risk factors include:

  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • High myopia
  • Family history

SYMPTOMS

Generally cataracts occur slowly and form few signs until they noticeably block light. Some of symptoms may include:

  • Cloudy, foggy, filmy or blurry vision
  • Color seem faded or altered
  • Progressive nearsightedness in older people often called “second sight” as they may no longer need reading glasses.
  • Problems during driving at night such as glare from oncoming headlights
  • Problems with glare (sensitivity to bright lamps or sun)
  • Double vision (like a superimposed image)
  • Rapid changes in glasses prescription

TREATMENT

To a certain level, cataract affected vision can be corrected with prescription eye-glasses including contacts or bifocals. However, beyond a certain point prescription glasses may be ineffective and surgical options have to be considered. In a cataract surgery, the patients’ cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a transparent Intra Ocular Lens (IOL) to restore good quality vision. Today, cataract surgery is one of the fastest, safest and the most accurate surgical procedures. One of the well-known cataract Surgeries is Phacoemulsification (also called as key-hole surgery). This surgery is done with the help of machine known as Phaco machine, to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens called as Intra Ocular Lens (IOL). Micro Incisional Cataract Surgery (MICS) is another well-known cataract surgery. In this surgery, phaco machine is used to send a probe through a 1.8 mm incision in the cornea and remove the cataract. Another technological advance is Femtosecond Laser assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS). This surgery basically uses the combination of both phaco and femtosecond laser machine. As this is an automated and blade-free surgery, it offers maximum accuracy and safety.

EXPLORE FAQS

CAN CATARACTS BE PREVENTED?

Since the real causes of cataracts are uncertain, there is no proven method of stopping them. As cataracts are very common in old age, so it’s very important to get your eyes examined on a regular basis.

WHAT ARE THE COMMONLY PERFORMED CATARACT SURGERIES?

The most commonly performed cataract surgeries are Phacoemulsification, Femtosecond Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery’ (FLRCS) and Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery.

WILL GLASSES BE REQUIRED AFTER SURGERY?

Cataract surgery doesn’t correct near sightedness or farsightedness. You may need to wear glasses only to fine-tune your vision. You may be given a new prescription.

WILL ACTIVITIES BE RESTRICTED AFTER SURGERY?

You can resume your daily activities in a few days. This also depends on the general health and the condition of your eye.

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