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Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is used to treat the clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye (cataract).
Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis, which means you don't have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure.

Dr. Hardia Eye Hospital is fully equipped with the most modern technology for performing sutureless cataract surgeries. The Department of Cataract has made tremendous progress in the last years. Four new dedicated state of the art operation theatres have vastly increased our capacity and the patient turnover time has been significantly reduced. We also have increased the capacity in our out-patient department with streamlined systems for consultation & investigation.

Cataract is the leading cause of decreased vision and blindness in our country. It can be cured by a simple cataract extraction microsurgery, which, these days is performed using advanced technology in a short time.
We are one of the few institutions in the world to have the 3 top platforms for cataract surgery the Infinity, the Signature and the Stellaris. All these machines can be used for the latest Micro-Coaxial Cataract Surgery (MICS), or removal of the cataract through a 2mm (or less) incision with the implantation of foldable intraocular lenses (IOLs). We offer our patients the latest in IOL technology including the accommodative Crystalens HD, the ReSTOR & Tecnis multifocal IOLs and the astigmatism correcting Toric IOLs. We offer the latest generation of multifocal IOLs with astigmatism correction and the Implantable Collamer Lens as an option in correcting refractive errors. To minimize calculation errors in the implanted IOLs we now have the Immersion Biometry and the non-contact Lenstar which works by the laser interferometry principle. We perform upwards of 10,000 surgeries annually, with a large number of them being MICS with high end IOLs.


WHAT IS CATARACT?

»         It is clouding (opacification) of the natural lens, which prevents light rays from reaching the retina.
»         Early on, a change in glass power may help.
»         Later on, it progressively affects vision, till finally, only the perception of light remains.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CATARACT?

Ageing is the most common cause of cataract. Every person gets it sooner or later, especially people over 60yrs of age. Other causes include diabetes, injury, usage of certain medications, and secondary to other eye diseases such as uveitis and glaucoma. Cataracts can occur early in diabetes, myopia (short sight) and as a hereditary predisposition.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CATARACT?

»         Painless, gradually progressive blurring of vision.
»         Double vision or seeing multiple images.
»         Trouble with seeing in poor light conditions and sometimes in excessive sunlight.
»         Becoming sensitive to glare, making night driving difficult.
»         Difficulty in distance vision and in reading.

WHEN DOES ONE GO IN FOR SURGERY?

»         To a large extent is depends on the person undergoing surgery.
»         Whenever the cataract affects vision to a degree that it hampers the person's daily activities (reading, driving, playing golf etc.), surgery should be considered.
»         During surgery the normal lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an intra-ocular lens which lasts for the entire lifetime.

SURGICAL OPTIONS

»         Surgery can be performed manually through 5- 6 mm wounds called SICS (Small Inscision Cataract Surgery).
»         Phacoemulsification is at present universally accepted as the standard of care for cataract surgery.
»         Ultrasound energy is used in phacoemulsification to break up the cataract (emulsify) into microscopic fragments which can be sucked out of the eye.

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