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Time to wait for cataracts to ripen before surgery and 7 other FAQs

Read this blog to get answers to the most frequently asked questions about cataract surgery for patients.

  1. What is the stage of cataract?

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    Early cataractPeople with early cataracts have a clear lens, but are unable to focus on objects at a particular distance. Moreover, if that particular object is placed close to them, they will not be able to refocus.
    Immature cataractAs proteins begin to fog the lens, the opacity of the lens increases. At this stage, fogging is limited to the center of the lens only.
    Mature cataractWhen the lens is exposed to light, it looks milky, whitish, or amber. The protein grows throughout the lens, making it completely opaque. The iris can no longer cast shadows.
    Super mature cataractThe lens in the eye is completely solidified. By the final stages of cataract, the opacity becomes completely heavy, resulting in severe vision loss.
  2. How long do you wait before surgery for the cataract to mature?

    A few years ago, Cataract The surgical procedure was not very advanced, and patients had to wait until they reached the stage of advanced cataracts, in other words, until they were “ripe” to undergo surgery. The reason is that the entire lens was previously removed through a large incision. Our experts explain that waiting for cataracts to “ripen” is a thing of the past. Due to the advanced techniques available to remove cataracts, the decision to undergo cataract surgery depends on the degree of vision loss that a person is currently experiencing due to cloudiness.

  3. What happens during cataract surgery?

    This is a step-by-step guide to laser-assisted cataract surgery (LACS) performed by a team of experienced ophthalmologists. Pristine care..

    First, paralyze the eyes with a few drops of anesthetic eye drops. This makes the patient feel no pain at all.
    A camera or ultrasound device is then placed over the eye to map the thickness of the cornea and diagnose the stage of the cloudy lens.
    After this, information is sent to the adjacent computer to determine the depth of incision required for the cornea.
    The incision is made with the help of a laser probe behind the eye, depending on the accurate data of the computer.
    Interestingly, the right amount of energy from the laser also softens the lens. This is an additional benefit as it makes it easier for the surgeon to remove the lens.
    The next step is to insert another laser probe that breaks the cloudy lens and sucks in the broken pieces. Finally, the doctor implants the patient and the intraocular lens of his choice and closes the incision.

  4. How long does it take to restore normal vision after cataract surgery?

    In general, patients can fully recover their normal vision 1-3 months after surgery, unless they suffer from other eye diseases or health problems. After careful consideration of several factors, the ophthalmologist, such as other underlying medical conditions, cataract grade, other eye conditions that plague the patient, cataract removal techniques, and the type of lens transplanted. , Can give insight. It was possible for the patient to stabilize the prescription in a shorter period of time than the normal recovery period.

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  5. What are the benefits of cataract surgery?

    Laser treatments used by Pristyn Care ophthalmologists to remove cataracts benefit more patients than those who choose traditional methods. Mainly for the following benefits-

    Corrects astigmatism and other refractive errors in addition to cataracts
    Provides much more accurate and accurate results
    Less energy is needed to break an opaque lens, ultimately reducing the risk of swelling
    It guarantees a much faster recovery than patients undergoing traditional types of cataract surgery and restores full vision much faster.

  6. Is Cataract Surgery Painful?

    No. During cataract surgery, the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort. I don’t feel any pain when the patient stays awake during the surgery. The reason is that before surgery, the doctor will add a few drops of anesthetic eye drops to soothe the eye and its surroundings. In some cases, mild sedatives may be given to help the patient relax.

    Read again: What do you expect during cataract surgery?

  7. What are the possible side effects of cataract surgery?

    Before answering this question, cataract surgery is certainly one of the safest surgeries. The success rate of cataract surgery in India is very high. However, like any other surgery, there may be some minor side effects that can occur after cataract surgery. Some of the potential side effects or complications people have reported-

    Posterior capsule opacity, also known as “secondary cataract”
    Elevated intraocular pressure known as ocular hypertension
    Inflammation of the eyes
    Extreme sensitivity to light
    Dislocation of the intraocular lens
    Extreme sensitivity to light
    Macular edema-swelling of the central retina
    Eyelid ptosis, also known as ptosis

    The above complications occur when the patient does not follow proper preparatory procedures.

    Read again: What if my cataract is not treated?

  8. How much does cataract surgery cost?

    The cost of cataract surgery ranges from rupees. 5000 rupees for India 150,000 (This should only be considered for reference purposes. Actual costs may vary.) The cost of cataract surgery is determined with careful consideration of the following factors-
    Types of Cataract Surgery-Conventional or Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
    Types of technology and equipment used in hospitals
    Location of hospitals, including regions and cities
    Postoperative inclusion of medicines and equipment

Conclusion

If you are considering cataract surgery, there are some questions that come to mind. We are confident that the right information is important in deciding on cataract surgery, so it is advisable to consult a specialist. Talk to an experienced ophthalmologist who can answer all your surgery-related questions. Book now for more information.

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