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About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery refers to the surgical removal of a defective or cloudy eye lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. A cataract develops due to the accumulation of a stubborn protein layer which results in blurry or cloudy vision. Cataracts usually occur with age, but in rare cases, they can also form due to genetic factors or an eye injury. If left untreated, cataracts can cause severe vision disorders and in worse cases, permanent blindness.

If you or your elder ones are suffering from cataracts, get in touch with us to undergo safe and cost-efficient surgery in Chennai. Pristyn Care provides advanced cataract treatment in Chennai by best surgeons. Call us to book a FREE appointment with our eye specialists.

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Overview

Cataract
Types of Cataracts
  • Nuclear Cataract
  • Cortical Cataracts
  • Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Secondary Cataracts
  • Traumatic Cataracts
  • Radiation Cataracts
Severity of Cataracts
  • 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
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Treatment

Diagnosis

If you detect that you are having vision problems, you should consult an ophthalmologist without any delay. The doctor will ask about your medical history and symptoms to narrow down the problem. If the doctor suspects that you have a cataract in one or both eyes, he/she may recommend the following test.

  • Visual Acuity Test- This test helps the doctor to check the eye power or how clearly a person can see an object.
  • Slit-lamp Exam- This test involves inspection of the cornea, iris, eye lens, and the space between the iris and the cornea.
  • Retinal Exam– It is done to see clearly on the backside of the retina. The pupils are dilated and an ophthalmoscope is used to examine the eye lens to look for signs of cataracts.
  • Tonometry Test– This test is done to check the pressure inside the eyes and to look for early signs of glaucoma, if necessary.

Procedure

Cataract surgery is the procedure used for the treatment of cataracts.

MICS – Micro incision cataract surgery (MICS) is an approach to remove cataracts through an incision less than 1.8 mm. The purpose of the surgery is to improve the outcome of the surgery. MICS has been relied on to be a minimally traumatic surgery that offers better postoperative outcomes. In this sophisticated cataract surgery, a high degree of surgical precision and innovation is used.

Advantages of MICS include:

    • Smaller incision
    • Decreased chances of surgically induced astigmatism
    • Faster recovery of vision
    • Faster healing

FLACS – Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is a recent development in the field of cataract surgery. FLACS carries lesser risks compared to non-FLACS small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Compared to manual techniques, FLACS can offer a greater level of precision and repeatability for certain tissue planes.

If you wish to get rid of vision problems and resolve cataracts permanently, get in touch with Pristyn Care today and consult the best ophthalmologist in Chennai.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to choose the best cataract surgeon in Chennai?

Here are some factors that can help you choose the best cataract surgeon 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 ranges from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000 per eye depending on several factors like severity of the disease, technique used for treatment, surgeon’s fee, medication cost, hospital expense, etc.

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.

How do Pristyn Care doctors treat cataracts?

Pristyn Care doctors use the two most effective surgical techniques, i.e., FLACS and MICS. These methods are minimally invasive and allow the surgeons to remove cataracts safely.

Is cataract surgery in Chennai covered under health insurance?

Yes. Cataract surgery in Chennai 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.

Does Pristyn Care help with travel on the day of surgery?

Yes. Pristyn Care provides a free cab service so that the patient can commute on the day of surgery without any hassle. The cab will pick the patient from home and drop them off at the hospital and vice versa.

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.

Can I consult with Pristyn Care eye doctors in Chennai after surgery?

Yes. You can consult with Pristyn Care doctors in Chennai even after surgery. We provide free-of-cost post-surgery consultation so that the patients can clear their doubts and concerns about the recovery easily.

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 not painful at all, 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.

Is red-eye after cataract surgery common?

Yes. It is normal for the eye to appear red after cataract surgery. You may also feel other symptoms like grittiness or itchiness in the eye with some fluid discharge. These are common symptoms that will go away on their own as your eyes heal after the surgery.

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

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.

Does diabetes increase the risk of developing cataracts?

Diabetes is known to cause cataracts and other eye problems as well. Unchecked diabetes elevates the glucose levels in the body, including the glucose present in the aqueous humor and the lens. The lens has an enzyme that automatically converts glucose to sorbitol which can build up in the lens over time, making it opaque.

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.
Is there any homeopathic medicine for cataracts?

There are several homeopathic medicines available that can help to manage cataracts. However, you should know that these medicines can’t cure cataracts. These medicines are:

  • Calcarea carbonica,
  • Calcarea fluorica,
  • Causticum,
  • Silicea,
  • Natrum muriaticum

Before trying out these medicines, make sure that you consult your eye doctor.

Is ayurvedic medicine for cataracts effective?

Currently, there is no good evidence that proves that ayurvedic treatment is effective in treating cataracts. Many people have tried ayurvedic medicine with positive results while others didn’t get any. Therefore, the best thing to do is to consult an eye specialist and get their opinion to treat cataracts.

Pristyn Care Provides Advanced Cataract Treatment 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 and painless 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 Reliable Cataract Doctors to Make The Right Decision

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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