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About Cataract Surgery

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 Chennai, as it is the only effective treatment.

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Different types of Cataract Lens (Intraocular Lens)

Type of Cataract LensCorrectionLimitationPopular Cataract Lens BrandCost (In Rs.)
Monofocal LensUsually Distant VisionRequires glasses to see near objectsJ&J, Medinnium, Abbot/Alcon, Aurolab, Bausch & Lomb, etc.Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 50,000 approx.
Multifocal LensDistant & ImmediateGlasses Required for reading onlyAbbot, Zeiss, Alcon, Care Group, etc.Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 90,000 approx.
Trifocal LensDistant, Far, & ImmediateNoneAlcon, Zeiss, Care Group, Bausch & Lomb, etc.Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000 approx.
Toric LensCorrection of Cylindrical PowerNoneAlcon, Abbot, J&J, Aurolab, Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb, etc.Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000 approx.

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Cataract Overview

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Cataract Symptoms
  • Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision
  • Difficulty in seeing at night
  • Seeing halos around the lights
  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Seeing halos around the lights
  • Frequent changes in vision
  • Fading colors
  • Double vision
Types of Cataracts
  • Nuclear Cataract
  • Cortical Cataracts
  • Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Secondary Cataracts
  • Traumatic Cataracts
  • Radiation Cataracts
Stages of Cataract
  • Early Cataracts
  • Immature Cataracts
  • Mature Cataracts
  • Hypermature 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
  • 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
  • Foreign Multifocal- Rs. 70000-80000
  • Trifocal- Rs. 85000-95000
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataract

Cataract Diagnosis 

To identify the severity of the condition (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- 

  • PhacoemulsificationThis technique involves using an ultrasound probe to break or emulsify the clouded part of the lens. 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 (cataract lens) 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.


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.


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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to choose the best cataract surgeon in Chennai?

Here are some factors that can help you choose the eye specialist in Chennai

  • Total experience of the surgeon
  • Number of successful eye surgeries performed
  • Reputation of the eye surgeon. 
  • Patient reviews
  • The cost of consultation and follow-up sessions shouldn’t be exorbitantly high
  • Reputation of the hospital 
  • Accessibility of the surgeon on the day of the surgery

Can I watch TV after my cataract surgery?

After the cataract surgery, you can watch TV right away. However, things may look blurry at first but cloudy vision subsides soon. It may take 1 to 3 days for most people to return to work or a normal lifestyle with certain precautions and eyeglasses, especially for reading. Contact an eye doctor in case you experience any difficulty or strain in the eyes after your surgery.

What are the most common problems after my cataract surgery?

Most people with cataracts usually experience improved vision after the surgery. However, there are some common problems that can occur after cataract surgery – 

  • Nausea
  • Disorientation
  • Blurry vision
  • Glare or halos
  • Dryness and itching in the eye
  • Sensitivity towards light

Discuss your problems with the cataract surgeon in case these problems persist and get medical assistance to avoid unnecessary complications.

What is the cost of cataract surgery in Chennai?

The cost of cataract surgery in Chennai ranges from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 approximately. The cost variation is significant primarily due to the type of lens that is used to replace the natural eye lens. Besides that, other factors, such as the technique used, surgeon’s fee, hospital/clinic-related expenses, etc., also affect the overall cost. 


Which doctor should I consult for cataract treatment- an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is the right type of doctor you should consult for cataract treatment. They are the specialists who are well-versed in diagnosing and treating all eye-related conditions. An optometrist can only diagnose the condition and prescribe some medications that will help to slow the progression of the disease. But to cure cataracts, only ophthalmologists are certified to perform surgery.

Is cataract surgery in Chennai covered under health insurance?

Yes. Cataract surgery cost is covered under health insurance plans. It is a procedure that is medically necessary to prevent permanent blindness. You only need to find out whether you have enough coverage to cover the entire cost of treatment or not.

Can I undergo cataract surgery in both eyes at the same time?

No. Doctors usually do not perform cataract surgery in both eyes at once. It is so due to safety reasons and to give the first eye enough time to heal. Typically, the vision will take some time to get back to normal after cataract surgery. If the surgery is performed on both eyes simultaneously, your vision will be compromised for 2-4 weeks. Due to this, the doctor will advise waiting for at least a month before you can undergo cataract surgery in the second eye.

Will I need to wear glasses after cataract treatment?

No. If you opt for premium cataract lenses (IOLs) that address cataracts and refractive errors, you are less likely to need eye glasses to see clearly. But it also depends on the type of lens implants you get. In some scenarios, patients either use standard IOLs or mono focal IOLs. In such cases, you will have to wear glasses to see clearly at different distances.

What is the success rate of cataract surgery in Chennai at Pristyn Care?

The success rate of cataract surgery in Chennai is more than 90% under the care of Pristyn Care doctors. This is because our doctors are well-experienced and trained in minimally invasive procedures. They ensure that the surgery is carried out with minimal risks and there are higher chances of success.

Is it possible to cure cataracts without surgery?

No. There is no other treatment method available for cataracts. It is an irreversible process that cannot be solved with the help of medications. Thus, you will need surgical treatment to cure cataracts permanently.

Is cataract surgery painful?

No. Cataract surgery is usually not painful thanks to the numbing eye drops that are used before the procedure. You won’t feel any kind of sensations until the effects of these drops wear off after a few hours and the surgery will be completed.

What is the difference between mature and immature cataracts?

An immature cataract is a cataract that is incomplete, i.e., the clouding on the lens is not complete yet and the cortex is also clear. A mature cataract is one that is completely opaque. It is also known as a white cataract.

Which lens is better for cataract surgery: Indian or Foreign?

It cannot be said clearly which lens will be better for a specific person as every eye is different. In some people, Indian cataract lenses may be more suitable whereas, in others, imported cataract lenses may be the ideal choice. Your doctor will help you to understand the differences between Indian and imported lenses so that you can determine which lens is best for you.

What is a presenile cataract?

A presenile cataract is the one in which the opacification of the lens or capsule occurs before the age of 40 years and all the known causes of cataracts have been ruled out.

Is cooking after cataract surgery safe?

Normally, the doctor will advise you to avoid cooking for at least one week after having cataract surgery. Your eyes will be more sensitive after the procedure. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid all activities that can cause stress on the eyes.

What is the difference between ICL surgery and cataract surgery?

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) surgery is done for correction of refractive errors and cataract surgery is done to treat cataracts, i.e., cloudiness of the natural eye lens. While ICL surgery involves implanting a lens to bend the light correctly on the retina to clear the vision, cataract surgery involves replacing the natural eye lens with an artificial lens. To learn more about the clear differences between these two procedures, it will be better to talk to a professional.

What food should you not eat after cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, you should avoid eating the following foods as they are associated with poor eye health:

  • Foods that are high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, chips, cereals, etc.,
  • Fast food or junk food that is oily and spicy,
  • Processed foods, such as cheese, tinned vegetables, ready-to-eat meals, etc.

What is the cataract grading system? 

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.

Before & 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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. 

Cataract Treatment at the best Eye Hospital in Chennai

If you are seeking a daycare provider that is trustworthy, cost-effective, and makes the treatment journey comfortable, Pristyn Care is the best place. We are a multi-specialty healthcare provider dedicated to simplifying the surgical experience for patients.

We provide advanced cataract treatment in Chennai to everyone who needs it. Our doctors employ the latest MICS & FLACS (femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery) to cure cataracts through a minimally invasive procedure. The surgery can be performed in less than 30 minutes and helps the patient to regain clear vision within 24 to 48 hours. Moreover, as the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, you can go home on the same day and recover completely within 4-6 weeks.

To learn more about cataract treatment or our services, give us a call and talk to our medical coordinators.

Consult with the Best Cataract Surgeons in Chennai t

When it comes to undergoing cataract surgery, there are many decisions that have to be made. And to make an informed decision, you will need help from a reliable and expert cataract doctor. That’s why Pristyn Care houses the best team of cataract surgeons in Chennai.

Our doctors are certified and skilled in performing all types of cataract surgery. Moreover, they stay updated with the latest advancements in surgical technology. Thus, they will help you understand every aspect of the treatment, including intraocular lenses (IOLs) so that you can make the right decision.

Once you decide which lens implant you want, they will proceed with the treatment and cure the disease in the most effective way. Our non-medical staff also work with the medical team to provide hassle-free treatment. Our medical coordinators will also stay in touch with you in case you need to consult with the doctor after surgery.

What are the different types of Cataract Surgery?

All types of cataract surgery involve the replacement of the natural lens with an artificial implant, which is known as an intraocular lens (IOL). In Chennai and every other city across India, the following techniques are available to perform cataract operations:

  • Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery It is one of the most common techniques used for cataract treatment. During phacoemulsification, the surgeon makes an incision around 2 to 3 mm with the help of an ultrasonic probe. The probe breaks up the cataract using vibration and removes the fragments with a suction device. Then a foldable lens is inserted into the eye through the incision.
  • Manual Extracapsular Cataract Surgery (MECS) MECS is a technique that involves making a large incision, around 9 to 13mm long to remove the clouded eye lens and replace it with the IOL.
  • Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) It is a variation of MECS in which a smaller V-shaped incision is made in the eye. The incision becomes wider as it reaches the lens. While the outer incision is around 6.5 mm, the inner incision is around 11 mm.
  • Micro Incision Cataract Surgery (MICS) As the name suggests, micro-incision cataract surgery is done through a 1.8 mm incision which is even smaller than small incision cataract surgery (MSICS). The rest of the procedure stays the same. The clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
  • Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) It is the latest technique to perform cataract surgery. A femtosecond laser is used to make the incision and the laser further divides and softens the cataract. Due to this, a minimal amount of phacoemulsification energy is required to remove the clouded lens.
  • Intracapsular Cataract Surgery This type of cataract surgery involves the removal of the entire lens and the lens capsule from the eye. It requires a big incision and has many risks and complications. Therefore, it is rarely performed nowadays.

Out of all these types of cataract surgery, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Not to mention that each technique has some side effects and chances of complications. Therefore, when you consult a cataract doctor, he/she diagnoses the condition thoroughly and then suggests the appropriate technique which is safe for the patient.

How to choose the best cataract lens for you?

The best thing about cataract surgery is that once the lens is replaced, the results are permanent. And there are different types of lenses for cataract surgery, each of which has unique benefits. These lenses are widely known as intraocular lenses and are classified into the following types:

  • Standard Lens (Monofocal) This type of lens addresses the vision problems at a specific distance, i.e., either nearby vision or distant vision. You can choose between the two depending on the activities you perform on a regular basis. Monofocal lenses are usually spherical, i.e., the surface is uniformly curved, allowing the patient to see clearly at one distance only.
  • Multifocal IOLs These lenses can help the patient to see distant and nearby objects clearly at the same time. These are considered premium lenses because they have both multifocal and accommodative properties that allow the patient to see at different ranges at the same time. Multifocal lenses are aspherical, therefore, they can correct presbyopia and astigmatism at the same time.
  • Toric Lens (IOLs) This type of lens is specially made to correct astigmatism in cataract patients. There is a special type of toric lens as well that provides extended depth-of-focus. These lenses are slightly more expensive than other types as well.
  • Monovision Lens People often confuse monovision lenses with monofocal lenses. There is a significant difference between these two. While a monofocal lens provides clear vision at a distance only, a monovision lens is implanted in both eyes to correct vision problems. An intraocular lens is implanted in one eye that provides nearby vision and another lens is implanted in the other eye that provides distance vision.

The doctor does an accurate diagnosis to determine the appropriate power of the IOL and provide desired results to the patient in terms of refractive outcomes after the surgery. You will have a detailed discussion with the doctor about these types of lenses for cataract surgery before proceeding with the treatment. The specialist will also provide you information about the best cataract lens brands in India, such as Bausch & Lomb, Freshlook, Acuvue, Alcon, Johnson & Johnson, Zeiss, etc. to make the decision.

Precautions After Cataract Surgery

Many people don’t realize this, but post-surgery care after cataract surgery plays a major role in determining how long you will need to recover. While you are being discharged from the hospital, the doctor will provide you with a guide that consists of all the dos and don’ts after cataract surgery.

Don’ts After Cataract Surgery

  • Do not rub your eyes with your hands as it can dislodge the corneal flap and stitches.
  • Don’t take a shower bath or swim for the first 10 days after surgery.
  • Avoid washing your eyes until the doctor gives you permission to do so.
  • Avoid using shampoos or cosmetic products too as they may contain chemicals that can irritate the eyes.
  • Do not indulge in activities that may damage your eyes, including contact sports or activities like swimming.
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights as it may put a strain on your eyes.
  • Also avoid coughing, sneezing, or straining during bowel movements as it may increase the pressure on the eyes.

Dos After Cataract Surgery

  • You can watch TV or other digital screens after the 3rd day of cataract surgery.
  • Do remember to use the eye drops prescribed by the doctor as directed.
  • Wear a protective eye cap throughout the day and at night to prevent dust or dirt from entering your eyes.
  • Keep the protective cap on while you are asleep to ensure that you don’t rub or poke the eye during sleep.
  • Clean your eyes with clean and warm water with the help of cotton.
  • Contact your doctor if any of the problematic symptoms, like itchiness, fluid discharge, etc. persists longer.
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