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What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure of removing the natural clouded lens of the eyes and replacing it with an artificial lens. A cataract is a natural aprt of aging that affects a person's vision and overall lifestyle to a great extent. When a cataract occurs, the natural lens of the eyes gets clouded making it difficult for the person to read, drive, use computers and do regular work, especially at night. According to the National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey, cataract is responsible for 66.2% of blindness cases in people above 50 years of age.

In most cases, cataracts develop slowly. But with time, cataracts may grow and eventually interfere in your daily activities. If the cataract is at an initial stage, wearing eyeglasses or taking help of bright light may help you in doing your regular activities. But as the cataract grows, you will require surgery for safe removal of the cataract. Cataracts surgery involves the removal of the defective or cloudy eye lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Cataract removal surgery is generally a safe treatment with no major risks and complications.

If you have been diagnosed with a cataract, you can undergo safe and effective cataract-removal surgery in Kochi at Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care houses some of the best eye specialists in Kochi who are trained and experienced in performing cataract operations at success rates.

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Overview

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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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Cataract Treatment

Diagnosis

When you visit a cataract surgeon for consultation, the eye specialist will perform a comprehensive eye exam first. In most cases, the eye doctor can find out the severity of your cataract just by a physical examination. However, to make sure there are no underlying complications, the doctor may suggest some tests to look for signs before proceeding with the cataract treatment. Some of the tests that an eye specialist may recommend before treatment of cataracts may include:

  • Visual Acuity & Refraction Test- These tests are performed to examine the eye’s sharpness and clarity of your vision. Only one eye is tested at a time to identify the signs of impaired vision specifically.
  • Retinal Examination- This test helps the doctor to identify whether the light that enters the eyes can reach the retina or not. It will determine the extent of cloudiness in the lens.
  • Slit-lamp Examination- An intense line of light (slit) is used to illuminate the cornea, iris, lens, and the space in between these components under a microscope. Thus, the doctor examines all these components and detects abnormalities, such as cataracts with precision.

The results of these tests will help the doctor to narrow down the most plausible treatment options for cataracts.

Cataract Surgery

At Pristyn Care, we employ modern techniques that are minimally invasive to perform cataract surgery. These techniques include:

  • 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.
  • 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 for a cataract operation in Kochi.

Why Pristyn Care?

Delivering Seamless Surgical Experience in India

01.

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.

02.

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.

04.

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.

Pristyn Care in Numbers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are cataracts painful?

Cataracts are not hazardous to the health of the person or the eye. If the cataract becomes hypermature, or completely white, they may cause inflammation, headache, and some pain. A hypermature cataract that causes pain or inflammation needs to be removed.

Are cataracts genetically inherited?

Generally, cataracts are developed as a result of aging or injury of the eye lens. However, a few clinical studies revealed that about 8.3% to 25% of cataract cases around the world are hereditary cases. Book an appointment with our Ophthalmologists to know more about cataracts and other eye diseases.

Can cataracts cause glaucoma?

The main cause of glaucoma is an increase in eye pressure or intraocular pressure. So, cataracts are the most common contributing factors in causing glaucoma by increasing eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve. Cataracts also narrow the drainage angle and elevate the severity of glaucoma.

How to prevent a cataract without any surgery?

Change in the diet Avoid or quit smoking Protection from ultraviolet radiation Control your blood sugar Regular eye check-up

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.

How can I find the best doctor for cataracts in Kochi?

To get in touch with the best cataract doctors in Kochi, you only need to call Pristyn Care. We have the best team of ophthalmologists that specialize in all kinds of cataract treatment. You can contact our medical coordinators and we’ll help you schedule an appointment with the best cataract doctor in Kochi.

How much does cataract surgery cost in Kochi?

The overall cost of the cataract operation in Kochi is between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000 for one eye. It varies from one patient to another because of the factors like the doctor fee, medications, hospital expenses, and type of cataract surgery performed.

Is cataract surgery covered under health insurance?

Yes. Cataract surgery 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.

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.

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 are the different types of cataracts?

On the basis of how and where they develop in the eye, cataracts can be classified into the following types:

1. Nuclear cataracts – These are the most common form of cataracts that mostly develop in the middle of the lens. They cause the center of the nucleus of the eye to turn brown or yellow.

2. Cortical cataracts – These are wedge-shaped cataracts and mainly form around the edges of the nucleus. Common problems that occur due to cortical cataracts include glare and halos, scattering light, etc. This form of cataract can cause problems in both near and distant vision.

3. Posterior subcapsular cataracts – They occur on the back surface of the lens. People who suffer from this form of cataracts may notice glares or halos of light. They grow and spread faster than any other form of cataracts and are most common in diabetic patients.

4. Congenital cataracts – Congenital cataracts are present when babies are born. They can form in the baby due to genetic factors and also if the pregnant mother suffers from any health issues.

5. Traumatic cataracts – These are formed due to injuries to the eye. They can develop immediately after the injury or take years to develop.

6. Secondary cataracts – These are cataracts that are caused due to certain medications or underlying health issues. Glaucoma and diabetes are two common health conditions that are closely associated with secondary cataracts.

Get advanced cataract-removal surgery at Pristyn Care in Kochi

Pristyn Care is a multi-specialty healthcare provider that works with some of the best eye specialists and is associated with top eye clinics and hospitals in Kochi. Pristyn Care houses some of the best eye doctors in the city who are trained in providing advanced eye care using modern infrastructure and high-end technologies. If you are seeking cost-effective treatment and reliable eye healthcare in Kochi, Pristyn Care could be an ideal destination for you where you can consult with expert eye surgeons and undergo the best possible surgical treatment.

At Pristyn Care in Kochi, you can get the best and highly advanced surgical treatment for the removal of cataracts, irrespective of your age, gender, and severity. Our eye specialists in Kochi have vast experience in performing the latest MICS and FLACS surgery that can help patients get rid of cataract problems without any risks and complications. The cataract removal 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 services and facilities, give us a call and talk to our medical coordinators.

How to Book an Appointment with Pristyn Care Eye Specialists in Kochi for Cataract Treatment?

To book an appointment with Pristyn Care – one of the best clinics for eye care in Kochi, you can use any of the following ways:

  • You can call us on the number given at the top of the page and talk to our medical coordinator to discuss the date, time, and mode of appointment for the consultation.
  • Fill the “Book Appointment” form and submit your details. Our representative will get back to you shortly to schedule the appointment with the doctor at your convenience.
  • Download the Pristyn Care Patient app and browse the list of cataract doctors in Kochi. You can choose any of our eye care specialists and contact us to confirm an appointment with him/ her.

You can also opt for online consultation to discuss your problem and treatment options over a phone call. But to diagnose the exact cause of the eye problem and understand the severity of the cataract, it is best to visit the doctor in person and do a one-on-one physical consultation.

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 Kochi 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 long-lasting. 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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