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About Cataract Treatment

A cataract is an eye disorder characterized by the clouding of the natural eye lens. The lens has proteins and fibers in the eye that are clear and allow the passage of light. With age or due to some other reason, like injury, diabetes, etc, the proteins and fibers may start to clump together, resulting in the clouding of the lens.

This will prevent the light from passing through the eye lens and affect vision. If not addressed on time, the clouding will continue to progress, and the patient may risk blindness. The only treatment for cataracts is undergoing cataract surgery.

There are no medicines that can cure cataracts or slow down their progression. Ultimately, you will need surgical removal of the clouded lens. So, if your vision is becoming foggy or blurry, get in touch with Pristyn Care and undergo cataract surgery in Bangalore, as it is the only effective treatment.

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Cataract Surgery Overview

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Cataract Symptoms
  • Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision
  • Difficulty in seeing at night
  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Seeing halos around the lights
  • Frequent changes in vision
  • Fading colors
  • Double vision
Stages of Cataract
  • Early cataracts
  • Immature cataracts
  • Mature cataracts
  • Hypermature cataracts
Types of Cataracts
  • Nuclear Cataract
  • Cortical Cataracts
  • Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Secondary Cataracts
  • Traumatic Cataracts
  • Radiation Cataracts
Cataract in different languages
  • Cataract in Hindi- मोतियाबिंद
  • Cataract in Marathi- मोतिबिंदू
  • Cataract in Telugu- కంటి శుక్లాలు
  • Cataract in Bengali- ছানি
Risks & Complications of Cataract Surgery
  • Inflammation and infection
  • Bleeding and swelling
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Dislocation of artificial lens
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary cataract
  • Loss of vision
Types of Cataract Lens used in cataract surgery
  • Standard monofocal lens
  • Multifocal lens
  • Toric lens
  • Monovision lens
Cataract Lens Price List
  • Indian monofocal- Rs. 20000-25000
  • Foreign monofocal- Rs. 28000-35000
  • Indian multifocal- Rs. 45000-55000
  • Trifocal- Rs. 85000-95000
  • Foreign Multifocal- Rs. 70000-80000
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataract

Cataract Diagnosis 

To identify the severity or the grade of cataract, the doctor examines the eye physically. For an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will recommend the following tests- 

  • Visual Acuity & Refraction Test– These examinations are done to check the sharpness and clarity of the vision. The doctor will check one eye at a time to look for signs of visual impairment. 
  • Slit-Lamp Examination– The slit-lamp examination involves shining a bright light on the eye with the help of a microscope. The reflection of the light is observed to identify the spots that are opaque. 
  • Retinal Examination- This examination involves dilating the pupils and examining the retina to check if the light rays are reaching the surface or not. 

Through these examinations, the ophthalmologist determines to which extent the cataract has progressed and what would be the best technique to remove it. 

Types of Cataract Surgery 

The different types of cataract surgery are explained below- 

  • Phacoemulsification- This technique involves using an ultrasound probe to break or emulsify the clouded part of the lens. During the phase surgery, tiny incisions are made in the cornea to access the lens, and the probe is inserted into the eye to remove the cataract. 
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction- In this technique, most of the clouded lens is extracted except for the elastic lens capsule. It is left in place to implant the artificial lens. The incision made in the cornea or sclera in this technique is around 10-12 mm. 
  • Intracapsular Cataract Extraction- This technique involves making a large incision in the eye to remove the entire lens and its capsule. After cataract removal, the anterior chamber lens is implanted in the eye with the help of sutures. 
  • Microincision Cataract Surgery- This minimally invasive technique is performed by making an incision of 1.8 mm in the eye. A self-healing scleral tunnel wound is created to remove the cloudy lens. 
  • Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery- It is the most popular and minimally invasive technique of cataract removal. The surgery involves using a femtosecond laser to make the incision and remove the cloudy part of the lens. 

The most suitable technique for cataract removal is chosen after diagnosing the patient’s condition. At Pristyn Care, we leverage all these techniques depending on the patient’s condition. 

Cataract Surgery Procedure 

The procedure is carried out in the following steps- 

  • You will be given a sedative to help you relax as you will be awake during the surgery. 
  • The medical team will take you to the OT, and your body will be covered entirely except the eyes. 
  • The eyes will be cleaned, and the surgeon will make an incision in the eye to access the clouded lens. 
  • Depending on the method of treatment chosen, the surgeon will emulsify the cloudy parts of the lens, leaving a small capsule behind which can hold the artificial intraocular lens. 
  • The IOL is implanted inside the eye, and the incision is closed. 

In general, the procedure remains the same; only the techniques differ. 

Why Pristyn Care?

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Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Care Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

03.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

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Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first sign of cataracts?

The first sign of cataracts is clouded or blurred vision. You will start experiencing difficulty in seeing at night and notice that your eyes are becoming sensitive to light. If these symptoms are present, you should see an eye specialist right away. 

 

What is the main cause of cataracts?

The main cause of cataracts is aging which affects the overall eye health, including the lens. The proteins and fibers in the lens will start to break down, making the lens cloudy. Other common reasons include inherited genetic disorders or eye injuries. 

 

Where can I find the best cataract doctor in Bangalore?

If you wish to consult the best cataract doctors in Bangalore, contact Pristyn Care. We house a team of skilled ophthalmologists with 10+ years of experience. Each of our surgeons has performed at least 5000 cataract surgeries successfully. You can rely on their expertise and get optimal care under them. 

 

How much does cataract surgery in Bangalore cost? 

Cataract surgery cost in Bangalore ranges from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000 per eye. It is an estimated cost that may vary depending on the factors, such as the severity of cataract, method of treatment, surgeon’s fee, pre/post-surgery care, etc.

Is cataract surgery covered by health insurance?

Yes. Cataract surgery is covered in the plans provided by major health insurance providers. It is a medically necessary treatment that has standard coverage in the health insurance policy. To find out the exact amount of coverage, you can talk to the insurance provider and discuss the terms and conditions with them.

Why is it important to get cataract treatment? 

It is important to get timely treatment for cataracts as delaying it will increase the risk of permanent vision loss. Cataract is one of the primary causes of blindness. Thus, it is crucial to get the clouded lens removed as soon as the condition is diagnosed.

When is the right time to undergo cataract surgery?

Normally, doctors recommend undergoing cataract surgery when the vision problems start to interfere with your work, hobbies, and affect the overall quality of life. Depending on the type of cataract, the doctor may also suggest you get the cataract removed as soon as possible.

Which type of doctor should I see for cataract surgery? 

If you need to undergo cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist is the right doctor to consult. Many people who have vision problems decide to consult an optometrist. However, ophthalmologists are eye specialists who are trained and certified to provide both medical and surgical treatment for cataracts and other eye problems.

How durable cataract lenses are?

Cataract lenses, also known as Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are made from a flexible material (usually acrylic and silicone) that is built to last for a lifetime. Even if the eye protein starts to deposit on the artificial lens, it can be removed easily with the help of a laser without damaging the lens.

What is the expected recovery period after cataract surgery?

You can expect to recover within 4-6 weeks after cataract surgery. Depending on the technique used for the procedure and the patient’s overall health, the exact recovery time may vary for each patient. The cataract surgeon will give you an estimate of how long it will take for you to recover after the treatment.

What is the difference between glaucoma and cataract?

Glaucoma and cataracts are two different conditions. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve due to excessive eye pressure. Unlike this, cataracts develop in the eye lens due to the clumping of proteins. These conditions affect different components of the eye and hence have different symptoms and treatment options. 

 

What is the difference between mature and immature cataracts?

A mature cataract is one where the lens has become opaque, and no light is able to pass through it. An immature cataract is characterized by opacification, which is present in specific areas of the lens. 

 

What is a complicated cataract?

A complicated cataract is the opacification of the eye lens due to uveitis or other forms of inflammation in the eye. It can affect the posterior, intermediate, or anterior part of the eye lens. This type of cataract is often accompanied by other ocular problems, such as posterior synechiae (adhesions between the iris and lens), anterior synechiae (adhesions between the iris and cornea), and glaucoma (excessive eye pressure). 

 

What are the three types of cataract surgery?

The three major types of cataract surgery are phacoemulsification, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS), and extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). Currently, laser-assisted surgery is the most popular and safest technique for cataract removal. 

 

What foods should I not eat after cataract surgery?

The foods that a person should avoid after cataract surgery include refined carbohydrates and items that are high in sugars, such as packed juices, bread, cakes, pastries, pasta, cereals, chips, etc. You should also avoid eating foods that have high sodium levels, fried foods, and highly processed foods. 

 

What should I do if I get blurred vision after cataract surgery?

Blurry vision is a common side effect of cataract surgery which is likely to improve within 24-48 hours after the surgery. The vision will improve in the next two weeks as the eyes fully adjust to the newly implanted intraocular lenses. 

What is the cataract grading system? 

The cataract grading system is the metric used to determine the severity of the condition. For each type of cataract, the grading system is slightly different. 

  • For a nuclear cataract, there are four grades, i.e., mild, moderate, pronounced, and severe. It is divided based on the extent to which the vision is affected. 
  • A cortical cataract is graded on the basis of the obscured intrapupillary space. Its grades are- Grade 1 (10% coverage), Grade 2 (10-50% coverage), Grade 3 (50-90% coverage), and Grade 4 (more than 90% coverage). 
  • The posterior subcapsular cataract is graded by the degree of the obscured posterior capsule. The grades are- Grade 1 (3% coverage), Grade 2 (30% coverage), Grade 3 (50% coverage), and Grade 4 (more than 50% coverage). 

How to choose the best lens for cataract surgery? 

The best lens for cataract surgery will depend on the patient’s vision and refractive errors that need to be corrected. While monofocal lenses are the ones that are most commonly used, some patients may benefit from other types of lenses. So, while you are choosing the lens, consider the following factors- 

  • The cost of the standard and premium intraocular lenses (IOLs). 
  • Average time the eye would take to adapt to the new lens. 
  • The daily vision needs of the patient. 
  • Whether the patient is willing to use eyeglasses after surgery. 

Talk to your eye doctor and discuss which type of lens can give you more realistic results in terms of vision improvement. You can book a free consultation with Pristyn Care doctors to get advanced cataract treatment in Bangalore. 

What to expect Before and After Cataract Surgery 

The vision quality improvement after cataract surgery is subjective to the patient’s eye health. Generally, cataract surgery outcomes are focused on the visual acuity and refractive status of the patient after the treatment.  

Typically, the vision restoration is the same as before the cataract started developing in the eye. If you had refractive errors before cataract development, the vision would still be blurry. However, if you choose to get premium cataract lenses that address refractive errors, you will notice a major improvement in your vision quality. 

Dos and Don’ts After Cataract Surgery

During the recovery period, the patient is instructed to follow some tips that are essential to ensure a faster and smoother recovery. So, here are some dos and don’ts that you should follow after cataract surgery. 

Dos

  • Use the prescribed eye drops as directed. 
  • Take proper rest for the first 2-3 days. 
  • Wear the protective eye shield while sleeping for at least a week. 
  • Start driving only after the doctor gives you permission. 
  • Resume activities like watching TV, laptop, or other digital screens after 2-4 days. 
  • Clean your eyes with warm water using cotton until you are allowed to wash your eyes normally. 
  • Wear sunglasses while going out to prevent direct sunlight from entering the eyes. 

Don’ts 

  • Do not rub your eyes until they heal completely. 
  • Avoid using soap, shampoo, hair products, makeup, and other chemical products that can irritate the eyes. 
  • Do not exercise or perform any house chores until you recover. 
  • Avoid taking a shower, swimming, or bathing in hot tubs for the first 2 weeks. 
  • Do not wash your eyes or strain them in any way. 

What are the common cataract surgery complications? 

Some common cataract surgery complications include- 

  • Eye infection
  • Inflammation
  • Floaters
  • Light sensitivity, etc. 

Other than these, other more serious complications can also arise if the patient fails to care for the eyes. The serious complications include- 

  • Increased eye pressure (glaucoma)
  • Lens dislocation
  • Secondary cataract (posterior capsular opacification)
  • Macular edema
  • Retinal detachment, etc. 

When to consider cataract surgery?

As the clouding on the lens increases, it becomes harder for the individual to carry out normal activities. Normally, when a cataract becomes mature, it becomes opaque to a great extent and makes it difficult for the doctor to examine the back of the eye as well.

So, if you have a cataract in one or both eyes, you should consider undergoing cataract surgery at the hands of the most experienced surgeons based on the answers to the following questions-

  • Can you see while working on the computer/laptop?
  • Can you drive properly?
  • Is it difficult to read even with the help of glasses or spectacles?
  • Are you able to watch TV, cook, shop, or climb stairs?
  • Is your vision degrading or affecting your regular life?
  • Do bright lights make it harder for you to see?

If you have been experiencing issues while performing these or similar activities, it is a sign that the clouding on the eye lens is becoming denser, and you need proper treatment as soon as possible. For proper assessment, you can consult with the best cataract surgeon in Bangalore by getting in touch with Pristyn Care.

What are the risks associated with cataract surgery?

Eye surgeries are usually performed by taking extensive safety measures to avoid potential risks and complications. Still, some people do experience some side effects in the eye, such as-

  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Dislocation of artificial lens
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary cataract
  • Vision loss

Most of these complications can be mitigated by the surgeon. That’s why Pristyn Care has a highly experienced team of the best cataract surgeons in Bangalore. The risks and complications are higher in people who have other eye conditions, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. To minimize the risks, the surgeon usually performs a thorough diagnosis and evaluates the eyes to choose the best technique and lens for cataract surgery.

How to prepare for cataract treatment?

The preparation for cataract surgery doesn’t involve a wide variety of tasks. The doctor will suggest a few things, such as-

  • Don’t eat or drink anything 12 hours before the surgery.
  • Stop taking medicines that can increase the risks during or after the procedure.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any other health problems, such as prostate problems.
  • Use antibiotic eye drops prescribed by the doctor one or two days before the surgery.

These recommendations are made by the doctor to reduce the chances of complications. Therefore, it is important that you follow these tips properly.

A week before the procedure, the doctor will also perform a painless ultrasound test to measure the shape and size of the eye to determine the right type of lens implant.

How is the best cataract lens chosen for the patient?

As specified above, cataract surgery involves the replacement of the natural eye lens with an artificial one, known as Intraocular lenses (IOLs). These lenses come in different varieties and also have additional features that are beneficial for the patient. There are some standard lenses that are implanted in the eye that allow the patient to see as clearly as before.

Along with standard lenses, there are premium lenses that allow the surgeon to address refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as well. These premium lenses include multifocal lenses, toric lenses, monovision lenses, extended-depth-of-vision lenses, etc.

The cataract surgeon understands the patient’s lifestyle and requirements to find out which type of lens would be most suitable. After a proper evaluation and discussion with the patient, the final decision is made and the surgeon also gives an estimate of the entire treatment.

What to expect after cataract removal surgery?

Once the procedure is done, you will be transferred to your room, where you’ll rest for the next few hours. Immediately after the surgery, your vision will be blurry as the lens will take some time to adjust. The colors may also seem brighter as you’ll be looking through a clear lens instead of the yellow/brown tinted one.

You may feel slight itching and discomfort in the eyes after the surgery, which is normal. But make sure that you don’t rub or press the eyes. The doctor will ask you to wear an eyepatch or protective shield after the surgery for a couple of days.

The complete healing of the eyes takes 6-8 weeks. And throughout this period, most of the side effects that appear as a result of the surgery will disappear and you will be able to see clearly.

Potential Complications After Cataract Surgery

Surgery is the only effective treatment for cataracts. It restores vision successfully in the majority of people who get the treatment. However, in many people, secondary cataracts develop after the surgery. The medical term for secondary cataracts is posterior capsule opacification (PCO). It happens when the back of the lens capsule (the part of the lens that was not removed and supports the lens implant) becomes cloudy and leads to vision loss.

Fortunately, this opacification can be treated with a minor procedure performed with the help of a YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) laser. Other than this complication, there are also rare chances of retinal detachment or increased eye pressure, which can also be resolved. Thus, in the long-term, cataract surgery will allow you to see clearly for a long time until you develop some other condition due to old age.

Consult the Best Cataract Surgeon in Bangalore

If you are having trouble seeing clearly and are diagnosed with cataract in one or both eyes, you only need to get in touch with Pristyn Care experts. We have the best doctors for cataract surgery in Bangalore who have performed 5000+ surgeries each. All of our doctors also have more than 15 years of experience and during this period, they have helped numerous people to see clearly.

To talk to our experts, you can either give us a call or fill out the appointment form available here. Our medical coordinators will schedule your consultation with the best cataract doctor in Bangalore at the earliest so that you can have a detailed discussion and plan the treatment accordingly.

How Do I Know if I Need a Cataract Surgery in Bangalore?

After a thorough and comprehensive eye evaluation, Cataract surgeons at Pristyn Care come into the play. Doctors will discuss with you the diagnosis of cataract because this will help them to judge for glasses or surgery. In the absence of any eye disease that may affect your vision, the eye surgeon will discuss with you the possibility of cataract surgery in Bangalore, and its available techniques.

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