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What is Cataract Surgery? 

Cataract surgery is the surgical treatment of cataracts. It involves the removal of the defective or cloudy eye lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.  

A cataract is a disease that usually occurs with age but can also occur due to other reasons like eye injury or genetic factors. It cannot be reversed or treated through medications. And if not treated on time, cataracts can even cause permanent blindness. Surgery is the only effective solution for cataracts.

If you have been diagnosed with a cataract in one or both eyes and are seeking treatment in Mumbai, you can contact Pristyn Care and get advanced treatment for all types of cataracts.

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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.

Surgery

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, get in touch with Pristyn Care today and consult the best cataract doctors in Mumbai.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Mumbai?

To get in touch with the best cataract doctors in Mumbai, 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 Mumbai.

How much does cataract surgery cost in Mumbai?

The overall cost of the cataract operation in Mumbai 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 in Mumbai covered under health insurance?

Yes. Cataract surgery in Mumbai 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.

Get Optimal Treatment for Cataracts

Cataracts should not be left untreated. As cataracts develop slowly, it may take a while to notice that it is getting more difficult to read or drive at night. You may just stop doing the activities you enjoy due to cataracts. Having cataracts may even contribute to depression or anxiety. When you have your cataracts removed, you can expect to do many of your favorite activities again and improve your quality of life. To learn more about the benefits of cataract surgery, you can talk to our ophthalmologists.

Highly Experienced Cataract Surgeons in Mumbai

We have a team of highly experienced surgeons who are highly specialized in using the most advanced technique for treating cataracts. Our surgeons possess all the necessary skills and years of experience that ensures that cataract surgery is completed without any complications. Moreover, they take into consideration of the patient’s other medical conditions such as diabetes and execute a customized surgical experience. In addition to this, they also provide post-operative instructions that guarantee the recovery is fast and there is a minimum risk of any infections.

Why is Cataract Surgery a Better Option?

  • With Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery and Microincision Cataract Surgery, patients are able to get rid of additional problems such as astigmatism, myopia, etc. during the same procedure.
  • The risk of any side effects occurring, such as swelling, pain, or discomfort, is almost nil as the incision made with the laser probe is precise and accurate.
  • The outcomes of the procedure tend to remain so until and unless the prescription of the eye changes again.
  • As the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, the patient is free to go back home once the doctor gives their approval on the same.
  • It is a cost-effective procedure as you don’t have to rely on the continuous use of eyedrops anymore. Also, with one procedure you are able to get rid of both blurry vision and cataracts.

Top 5 Benefits of Choosing Surgery For Cataracts

So far, the following benefits have been reported by patients undergoing surgery for cataracts.

  • People have clear and improved vision as the diseased lens is replaced with a new clear artificial lens that allows light rays to pass through easily.
  • As the vision is better, the chances of the patient facing accidents or injuries also reduce considerably.
  • The dependency on other people reduces a lot as the patient is able to perform simple tasks such as reading, knitting, etc. on their own.
  • Being independent has a direct effect on the patient’s moods, making them have a positive outlook on life.
  • The delay in treatment often leads to other eye problems such as glaucoma, which can lead to complete blindness. Once the cataract is removed, the patient no longer is at risk for the same as there is less strain on the eyes.

Why Choose Cataract Surgery from Pristyn Care?

Our plan of execution is based on our vision of making the patient’s surgical experience short and simple. Therefore, we take care of the following from our end so that you are at ease both before and after the surgery.

  • We arrange for a cab to pick you up from your doorstep as well as drop you off on the day of the surgery. Don’t worry as you don’t have to pay anything for the cab provided.
  • The follow-up consultations required to check the progress of your vision restoration are free of charge.
  • The insurance claim is easy as our team assists the patients throughout the approval process, including necessary documentation.
  • Safety and security are of utmost importance to us as we take every necessary precaution recommended by the authorities at all times.

How To Book An Appointment with Pristyn Care in Mumbai?

In order to book an appointment for a consultation of cataracts, simply call on the above number and speak with any of our medical coordinators. They can book an appointment on your behalf at your convenience. Or fill out the form on the right-hand side, and our medical coordinators will get back to you at the earliest. Another way to fill in the details is by clicking on the Book Appointment option you can find in the topmost corner of the page.

It is also possible to connect with us via our mobile app, Pristyn Care. The mobile app is available on Play Store and App Store. You can download the app and install it on your smartphone. Remember to have a stable internet connection.

How To Book An Appointment On The Pristyn Care Patient App?

The steps you have to follow to book an appointment through the mobile app are-

  • Visit the Patient App.
  • Click on the “Consult With A Doctor.
  • Select the disease you want to consult for.
  • Select the doctor from the doctor list of your choice.
  • Click on “Get Consultation Now.”
  • Select the Mode of Consultation, Date, and Time.
  • Click on “Proceed to Payment.”
  • Confirm the Patient details.
  • Appointment is Booked.
  • Details are available on the home screen.
  • On the scheduled time, the card turns green.
  • Click on the “Connect with Doctor.”
  • Start the session.

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 Mumbai 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 with 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., persist longer.
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