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Cataract Surgery - Diagnosis, Recovery, Procedure and Benefits

Cataract surgery is a highly important and beneficial procedure for individuals with cataracts. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to several potential complications like vision impairment and a decline in overall quality of life. Book a consultation today with Pristyn Care to undergo safe and effective cataract surgery in India.

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  • What Is Cataract Surgery?

    Cataract surgery is performed to treat cataracts. When a cataract forms, the lens becomes cloudy, leading to blurry or distorted vision. If a cataract makes it hard for you to carry out your everyday activities, your doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

    Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract eye surgery is very common and is typically a safe procedure.

    During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is extracted and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Some of the best lenses used in cataract surgery include monofocal IOL, multifocal IOL, toric IOL, monovision IOL, etc. The surgery usually takes less than an hour to complete and has a high success rate.

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    Different types of Cataract Lens (Intraocular Lens)

    Type of Cataract Lens CorrectionLimitation Popular Cataract Lens Brand Cost (In Rs.)
    Monofocal Lens Usually Distant Vision Requires glasses to see near objects J&J, Medinnium, Abbot/Alcon, Aurolab, Bausch & Lomb, etc. Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 50,000 approx.
    Multifocal Lens Distant & Immediate Glasses Required for reading only Abbot, Zeiss, Alcon, Care Group, etc. Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 90,000 approx.
    Trifocal Lens Distant, Far, & Immediate NoneAlcon, Zeiss, Care Group, Bausch & Lomb, etc. Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000 approx.
    Toric LensCorrection of Cylindrical Power NoneAlcon, Abbot, J&J, Aurolab, Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb, etc. Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000 approx.

    What Are The Types Of Cataract Surgery?

    The technique used in cataract surgery has changed completely over the last two decades. There are different types of cataract surgery techniques, each with its mechanism of removing the cloudy lens and placing the intraocular lens. The main 6 types of cataract surgery include the following:

    • Phacoemulsification (phaco cataract surgery): Phacoemulsification is a cataract surgery method in which the internal lens of the eye, which has formed a cataract, is emulsified using an ultrasonic handpiece and aspirated from the eye. After removing the cataract, an artificial IOL is inserted and positioned in the lens capsule, where the natural lens is located. This procedure minimizes the incision size and reduces the recovery time and risk of surgery-induced astigmatism. Phacoemulsification is best suited to soft cataracts, where the ultrasonic energy needed is moderate, and insertion of foldable intraocular prosthetic lenses is possible.
    • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE): ECCE is an older technique that is less commonly used today but may still be used in some instances. It involves making a larger incision in the cornea or sclera (the white part of the eye) to remove the cloudy lens in one piece rather than breaking it up like in phacoemulsification. The IOL is then implanted through the incision and placed in the lens capsule. ECCE is commonly used when phacoemulsification may not be suitable, such as in cases of very advanced cataracts or when additional procedures, like planting a special lens type, are required. The larger incision used in ECCE often needs stitches to close the wound.
    • Laser-Assisted Cataract Eye Surgery (LACS): Laser-assisted cataract surgery involves using a laser to perform the surgery. The laser is used to make precise incisions in the cornea, to open the lens capsule, and to fragment the cataract. This method can offer increased precision and reduce the need for specific instruments during surgery. 
    • Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS): Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is a specific type of laser cataract surgery. It utilizes a femtosecond laser to create corneal incisions, open the lens capsule, and break the cataract. This technique aims to improve precision and replaces many steps during cataract surgery requiring a blade. 
    • Microincision Cataract Surgery (MICS): MICS is a type of cataract-removal surgery that uses a tiny incision, usually less than 1.8 mm. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in 10 minutes or less. It is often used to treat patients with very small or dense cataracts. Many people who require cataract surgery can avoid traditional, open-incision surgery with MICS. This is because the small incision used for this procedure means there is less trauma and scarring, which can lead to a shorter recovery time than traditional cataract removal.
    • Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS): SICS cataract surgery is a modern surgical technique used to remove a cataract. It is an advanced version of the traditional extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) procedure, and it is considered a safe and effective method for cataract removal.

    The choice of cataract surgery technique depends on various factors, including the severity and characteristics of the cataract, the surgeon’s expertise, the patient’s eye health, etc. Your doctor will evaluate your specific case and recommend the most suitable technique for you.

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    How Is Cataract Diagnosed?

    To determine whether you have a cataract, your eye specialist will check your medical history and symptoms and conduct an eye examination. Your doctor may conduct several tests, including:

    • Visual Acuity Test: In this test, you will be asked to read the letters on a chart to assess the sharpness and clarity of your vision. Your eyes will be tested one at a time to recognize signs of impairment.
    • Slit-Lamp Examination: A slit-lamp examination, also known as biomicroscopy, involves the use of a specialized microscope called a slit lamp. Your doctor will examine your eyes with this instrument, which delivers a magnified view of the front structures of the eye, including the cornea, iris, lens, and the space between them. This examination allows them to know the presence and severity of cataracts.
    • Retinal Examination: For the retinal exam, your doctor will use eye drops to dilate (open wide) your pupils. This allows the doctor to view the retina for signs of cataracts better.
    • Refraction Test: A refraction test may be performed to determine the extent of any refractive error (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) that may coexist with cataracts. 
    • Visual Field Testing: This test determines how much side (or peripheral) vision you have and how much surrounding area you can see. The most common type of visual field test in a regular eye exam is called a confrontation field test, in which the doctor briefly flashes several fingers in each of the four quadrants of your visual field while seated opposite you. It is commonly performed to detect and monitor conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and neurological disorders that may affect vision.
    • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): OCT is a  non-invasive imaging technique that provides cross-sectional images of the eye’s structures, including the cornea, iris, and lens. It utilizes light waves to generate high-resolution, precise images of the lens and other parts of the eye. OCT can help determine the thickness and integrity of the lens, assess any associated macular changes or swelling, and evaluate the impact of cataracts on the overall eye health.
    • Contrast Sensitivity Test: Contrast sensitivity testing evaluates your ability to differentiate objects with low contrast, such as shades of gray or slight differences in light and dark. This test estimates your ability to discern details under various lighting conditions, which can be affected by cataracts.

    What Is The Procedure Of Cataract Surgery?

    Eye Cataract surgery procedure generally involves the following steps:

    • Anesthesia: Cataract surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, which involves numbing the eye with eye drops or an injection near the eye. Therefore, your doctor will numb your eyes so you won’t feel anything during the surgery. This will make sure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. In some possibilities, general anesthesia may also be used.
    • Incision: An incision is made in the cornea. This incision can be made manually using a surgical blade in case of extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) or created with the assistance of a femtosecond laser in laser-assisted eye cataract surgery.
    • Capsulotomy: After creating an incision, a circular opening is made in the front portion of the lens capsule. This allows access to the cataract-affected lens.
    • Phacoemulsification or Lens Fragmentation: In phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic device breaks up the cataract-affected lens into small fragments using high-frequency sound waves. The fragments are then suctioned out through the same device. However, in manual or laser-assisted techniques, the lens may be manually removed or fragmented using a laser.
    • IOL Implantation: Once the cataract is extracted, an IOL is implanted through the incision and positioned within the lens capsule. The IOL is designed in such a way that it can replace the natural lens and restore clear vision. 
    • Wound Closure: In most cases, the incision is self-sealing and does not need stitches. It will heal naturally over time. However, in the case of the ECCE technique, your surgeon may use sutures to close the incision.

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    Who Is The Right Candidate For Laser Cataract Surgery?

    The decision of laser cataract surgery is typically made by an ophthalmologist based on the person’s symptoms, visual impairment, and the impact of cataracts on their daily activities and quality of life. While each case is unique, certain criteria help decide if someone is a suitable candidate for cataract surgery. These criteria include:

    • Visual Symptoms: Cataract surgery is considered appropriate when the clouding of the lens significantly impacts a person’s vision, leading to problems with daily activities such as reading and driving. Surgery may be suggested if cataracts cause significant visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
    • Impact on Daily Life: Cataracts can interfere with an individual’s ability to perform activities essential for daily life, such as driving, reading, or working. If cataracts affect the person’s quality of life and independence, cataract surgery may be considered.
    • Overall Eye Health: Apart from cataracts, the eye’s overall health is also considered to ensure that cataract surgery is the right intervention. Other eye conditions, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, may coexist with cataracts and must be considered while considering surgical intervention.
    • Cataract Progression: The rate of cataract progression differs among people. If cataracts progress rapidly and significantly impair vision, surgery may be advised at an earlier stage. However, if cataracts develop slowly and have less impact on vision, the surgery may be delayed until they cause more prominent vision impairment.

    What Are The Benefits Of Laser Cataract Surgery?

    Laser Cataract Surgery is a highly effective procedure that offers numerous benefits to people with cataracts. Some of the key benefits of cataract surgery include:

    • Improved Vision: The cataract surgery lens helps to restore clear vision by concentrating light properly onto the retina. After the surgery, many people experience a significant improvement in their visual clarity.
    • Reduced Visual Symptoms: Cataracts can lead to various visual symptoms such as blurred vision, difficulty reading, glare or sensitivity to light, reduced night vision, color distortion, etc. Cataract surgery can help alleviate these symptoms.
    • Increased Quality of Life: Cataract surgery can enhance a person’s independence and overall quality of life. It helps them recover functional vision and perform tasks like driving, reading, and participating in hobbies or social activities.
    • Clearer Colors: Cataracts can cause colors to appear dull, faded, or yellowed. By removing the clouded lens and planting an artificial IOL, cataract eye surgery can restore the ability to perceive colors accurately.
    • Potential Decrease in Eyeglass Dependence: Depending on the type of cataract surgery and artificial lenses placed, you may be able to see better than you have in a while. With advanced intraocular lens implants, your vision may be corrected entirely so that you can see properly without glasses or contacts.
    • Long-term Benefits: Cataract surgery provides long-term benefits. Once the cataract is removed and an IOL is placed, it does not regrow or return. The advantages of improved vision typically persist for the long term, allowing people to enjoy clear vision for years to come.
    • Prevents injuries from falls: Falls are a leading cause of death and injury among older adults. Cataract removal can reduce the risk of falls.

    How To Prepare For Cataract Surgery?

    Here are some ways to prepare for cataract surgery:

    • Medications: Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding the use of eye drops or medications before the surgery. You may be prescribed antibiotics or anti-inflammatory eye drops to use in the days leading up to the procedure to prevent infection and ease swelling.
    • Remove all makeup before surgery: Do not apply makeup to the eyes or any other part of the face on the day of your surgery. This includes facial lotions, creams, and aftershave. Before surgery, wash your face with soap and water. Bacteria that enter the eye come from the eyelids or eyelashes, so it is essential to keep them (and the surrounding area) as clean as possible. 
    • Stop wearing contact lenses: Your doctor will probably advise you to stop wearing contact lenses for 1 to 4 weeks before eye cataract surgery. It is essential to follow your doctor’s instructions. Contact lenses change the shape of the cornea’s surface, which is important to measure for proper IOL selection. If you use hard lenses, you may be asked to stop wearing them longer than someone who uses soft lenses. This is because it takes longer for the corneal surface to return to its natural shape after wearing hard lenses. 
    • Fasting Instructions: Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you may be instructed to fast for a certain period before the surgery. This ensures an empty stomach during the procedure and reduces the risk of anesthesia-related complications.
    • Arrange Transportation: Since cataract surgery involves using anesthesia, you cannot drive yourself home after the procedure. Therefore, arrange for a family member or friend to accompany you to the hospital and drive you home afterward.
    • Inform Your Surgeon: Inform your surgeon about any changes in your health or if you develop a sickness, such as a cold or fever, before the surgery. These factors can potentially affect the timing of the procedure.
    • Treat blepharitis before surgery: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It happens when small oil glands near the base of the eyelid become clogged, but allergies and other conditions can also cause it. It is important to treat blepharitis before cataract surgery. If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, your doctor may prescribe medications to control inflammation and fight infection. 
    • Manage dry eye: Dry eye is a common eye condition that happens when your eyes do not make enough quality tears and don’t provide sufficient lubrication. If your doctor determines that you have dry eye, he/she will probably suggest treating it before surgery. You may be prescribed artificial tears or other topical medications. Using eye drops and other medications as directed is essential to improve the ocular surface before cataract surgery.

    What Are The Recovery Tips and Precautions To Follow After Cataract Surgery?

    Recovering from cataract surgery is generally a smooth process, but it is essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions for optimal healing and vision improvement.

    Here are some general tips for a smooth recovery after cataract surgery:

    • Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions tailored to your situation. It is crucial to follow these instructions diligently, including the use of prescribed eye drops, medications, and any recommended restrictions or precautions.
    • Use prescribed eye drops: Your surgeon will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and help with healing. Follow the recommended schedule and technique for applying the drops. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before administering the drops.
    • Protect your eyes: After surgery, it is important to protect your eyes from injury and infection. Use the protective shield or eyeglasses provided by your surgeon, especially while sleeping, to prevent accidental rubbing or bumping of the eyes. Avoid activities that may expose your eyes to dust, wind, or potential irritants.
    • Rest and relax: Give your eyes ample rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first few days following surgery. Resting helps promote healing and reduces the risk of complications. Avoid activities that may strain your eyes, such as reading, using electronic devices, or watching TV excessively.
    • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes: It is crucial to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes during the recovery period. Touching your eyes can increase the risk of infection and disrupt the healing process. If you experience itching or discomfort, consult your surgeon for appropriate remedies.
    • Keep the eye area clean: Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to clean the eye area. Use a gentle, non-irritating cleanser, and avoid getting water or soap directly into your eyes. Be cautious when washing your face to prevent accidental contact with the eyes.
    • Attend follow-up appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential for monitoring your progress and addressing any concerns. Attend all scheduled appointments and inform your surgeon of any changes or issues you may be experiencing.
    • Be patient with your vision: It is normal for your vision to fluctuate and gradually improve in the days and weeks following cataract surgery. Your vision may be initially blurry or hazy, but it should gradually clear up as your eyes heal. If you have any concerns about your vision, discuss them with your surgeon.
    • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle can support your overall eye health and aid in the recovery process. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nutrients. Stay hydrated, get regular exercise, and avoid smoking, as smoking can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

    Potential Risks or Complications Associated with Cataract Surgery

    Cataract surgery is generally considered safe and effective, but like any surgical procedure, it carries some potential risks and complications. It is important to be aware of these possibilities and discuss them with your surgeon before undergoing the surgery.

    Here are some potential risks and complications associated with cataract surgery:

    • Infection: Although rare, there is a risk of infection after cataract surgery. Signs of infection may include increased redness, pain, swelling, or discharge from the eye. Prompt medical attention is necessary if an infection is suspected.
    • Inflammation: In some cases, inflammation can occur after cataract surgery. This is managed with anti-inflammatory eye drops, but severe or prolonged inflammation may require additional treatment.
    • Swelling of the cornea: Following cataract surgery, the cornea can experience swelling, a condition called corneal edema. This can cause blurred or hazy vision. Most cases resolve on their own, but in some instances, medication or other interventions may be necessary.
    • Retinal detachment: Retinal detachment is a rare but serious complication that can occur after cataract surgery. It involves the separation of the light-sensitive retina from its underlying tissue. Symptoms may include a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light, or a curtain-like shadow in the field of vision.
    • Secondary cataract: In some cases, a condition called posterior capsular opacification (PCO) can develop months or years after cataract surgery. PCO causes the back portion of the lens capsule to become cloudy, resulting in vision changes similar to those caused by cataracts.
    • Dislocated or misplaced intraocular lens (IOL): During cataract surgery, an artificial intraocular lens is implanted to replace the clouded natural lens. In rare instances, the IOL may become dislocated or misplaced, requiring additional surgery to reposition or replace it.
    • Glaucoma: Cataract surgery can sometimes lead to an increase in intraocular pressure, causing or exacerbating glaucoma. Glaucoma can usually be managed with medication or other treatments.
    • Vision changes: While cataract surgery generally improves vision, some patients may experience changes in vision quality, such as glare, halos, or difficulty with night vision. These symptoms are usually temporary and tend to improve over time.

    The risks and complications associated with cataract surgery are relatively rare, and the vast majority of patients experience successful outcomes. Your surgeon will evaluate your individual circumstances and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with you in detail.

    What Is The Cost Of Cataract Surgery In India?

    The Cataract surgery cost may depend on various factors, Some factors that affect the cost of surgery in India include the following:

    • Hospital or Clinic: The choice of hospital or clinic can affect the cost of cataract surgery. Different healthcare facilities may have distinct pricing structures, which can result in deviations in the overall cost.
    • Location of The Clinic: Depending on the city, the cost might change. Metropolitan cities often have expensive hospital setups in comparison to smaller towns. Also, the cost of setting up a hospital is much higher in big cities.
    • Technology: An eye care hospital with the latest technology, a reputed eye surgeon, and state-of-the-art equipment may charge a bit more than other hospitals.
    • Surgeon’s Expertise and Reputation: The surgeon’s experience, skill level, and reputation can affect the cost. Highly experienced and well-known surgeons may charge higher fees for their services.
    • Type of IOL: The intraocular lens chosen for implantation can influence the cost. Premium lenses, which provide added benefits such as reduced dependence on glasses, may have a higher cost than standard lenses.
    • Type of Technique: Depending on the type of cataract ( age-related cataracts, congenital cataracts, traumatic cataracts, etc.), the eye doctor will determine the best-suited technique for removing the affected lens. The cost range of one surgical procedure may differ from another technique for cataract removal and will impact the overall cost of the cataract treatment.
    • Diagnostic Tests and Preoperative Evaluation: The cost of diagnostic tests and preoperative evaluations may be included in the total cost of cataract surgery. The extent and complexity of these evaluations can affect the cataract surgery cost.
    • Anesthesia: The type of anesthesia used during the surgery can impact the overall cost. Cataract surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation or sometimes under general anesthesia. 
    • Additional Services and Facilities: Additional services or facilities provided by the hospital or clinic, such as postoperative care, follow-up appointments, or specialized equipment, may contribute to the overall cost.

    Case Study

    Deepak Mehta, a man in his late 60s was diagnosed with a cataract in both his eyes. He was facing issues seeing things at a long distance and mild discomfort in his left eye. Mr. Mehta contacted Pristyn Care, Bangalore for his cataract surgery. Our experienced ophthalmologist performed the surgery without any complications. Our doctors and staff took excellent care of Mr. Mehta before as well as after the surgery. He is recovering well without any complications. 

    Is cataract surgery covered under insurance?

    Yes, cataract surgery is covered by medical insurance in India. Insurance makes it easier for patients to cover the overall expense of cataract surgery. However, the terms and conditions around the coverage and the amount you can claim may vary for each patient.

    All types of surgery, including phacoemulsification, MICS, and FLACS, are covered by health insurance. Though the cost of each technique is different, the insurance plan will cover the cost of treatment entirely or partially. For instance, phacoemulsification cataract surgery costs around Rs. 32000 to Rs. 39014 per eye, extracapsular cataract surgery costs around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 per eye, and bladeless cataract surgery costs around Rs. 85,000 to Rs. 1,40,000. *Note- Bladeless procedures involve MICS (micro-incision cataract surgery) and FLACS (Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery)

    Frequently Asked Questions about Cataract Surgery

    What is the duration of cataract surgery?

    The operating time of different techniques for cataract surgery include the following – 

    • MICS: 5 to 10 minutes
    • FLACS: 5 to 10 minutes


    What are the different IOLs used after cataract surgery?

    The eye surgeon uses different intraocular lenses (IOLs) based on the lifestyle of the patient. Some of the IOLs used after cataract surgery include the following – 


    How much does cataract surgery cost in India?

    • The minimum cost of cataract surgery in India is approximately Rs. 32000 (per eye)
    • The average cost of cataract surgery in India is approximately Rs. 35507 (per eye)
    • The maximum cost of cataract surgery in India is approximately Rs. 39014 (per eye) 

    Is cataract surgery painful?

    Cataract surgery is not a painful procedure since the surgeon uses eye drops to numb the eye before the procedure. The patient does not feel any pain throughout the procedure; however, there may be mild discomfort after the effect of the numbing medication wears off.

    What is the cost of different IOLs after cataract surgery in India?

    The approximate cost of different IOLs in India is – 

    • Indian monofocal lens – Rs. 20000 to Rs. 25000
    • Foreign monofocal lens -Rs. 28000 to Rs. 35000
    • Indian multifocal lens – Rs. 45000 to Rs. 55000
    • Foreign multifocal lens – Rs. 70000 to Rs. 80000
    • Trifocal lens – Rs. 85000 to Rs. 95000

    Are there any complications of untreated cataracts?

    Cataracts affect your vision, impacting your daily lifestyle. Prolonging cataract treatment can impact vision putting you at a higher risk of accidental injuries, glaucoma, and even permanent blindness. Discuss your condition with the eye specialists to avoid risks of vision disorders and even blindness. 


    Can I treat cataracts without surgery?

    No, cataracts cannot be treated without surgery. Several medications may be effective for mild symptoms but do not remove the cataract completely. Surgical procedures are the only effective methods of treating cataracts.


    Which lens is better for cataract surgery Indian or imported?

    The best lens for cataract surgery is the one that falls abreast with your daily lifestyle. Both Indian and imported IOLs are excellent depending on which refractive error you are correcting. Patients mostly prefer imported IOLs due to quality issues. However, the quality of standard Indian-made IOLs has improved tremendously in the last couple of years. Discuss with your eye doctor which lens suits you the best. 


    Is there an age limit for cataract surgery?

    There is no age limit for cataract surgery. Most people are eligible candidates for cataract surgery as long as they have good overall health.

    Can cataracts be treated without surgery?

    Cataracts cannot be treated without surgery. Once a cataract develops and affects your vision, the only effective treatment option is surgical removal of the cloudy lens and replacement with an artificial intraocular lens. While there are no medications or non-surgical procedures that can treat cataracts, ophthalmologists note that certain lifestyle practices can help manage cataract symptoms or slow down their progression. Lifestyle changes include wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses that can help improve vision, scheduling regular eye examinations with an eye care professional so that they can monitor the progression of cataracts, and provide guidance on when surgery may be necessary.

    Does health insurance cover the cost of cataract surgery in India?

    Most health insurance policies cover the cost of cataract surgery in India. However, the coverage and extent of coverage can vary depending on your specific insurance policy.

    How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

    The recovery time after cataract surgery can vary from person to person, but most individuals experience significant improvement in vision within a few days following the procedure. In most cases, full recovery from cataract surgery takes 3 to 4 weeks. See the results of Cataract Surgery Before and After.

    Which lens is better for cataract surgery, Indian or imported?

    The choice between Indian and imported intraocular lenses (IOLs) for cataract surgery depends on various factors, and both options can provide good outcomes. Some considerations to keep in mind when deciding on the type of IOL for cataract surgery include quality and technology, cost, availability of intraocular lenses, etc. Discuss with your eye doctor which lens suits you the best. 

    What is the cost of Microincision Cataract Surgery (MICS)?

    MICS surgery cost can range from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 60,000. However, the cost of surgery can be influenced by several factors, and the overall expense may vary based on individual circumstances and the location where the surgery is performed. Some of the key factors affecting the cost of MICS include the type of intraocular lens, surgeon experience, postoperative care, etc.

    What is the success rate of cataract surgery?

    According to various studies and clinical data, the success rate for cataract surgery is typically over 95%. This means that the vast majority of patients experience significant improvement in their vision and quality of life after the procedure. Cataract surgery is generally considered to be a highly successful procedure with a high rate of success and patient satisfaction. The success rate of cataract surgery can vary depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s experience, the patient’s overall eye health, and the presence of any pre-existing eye conditions. However, in general, the success rates of cataract surgery are very high.

    What are some of the dos and don'ts to follow after cataract surgery?

    Here are some general guidelines to consider after cataract surgery:


    • Use prescribed eye drops
    • Protect your eyes
    • Rest and take it easy
    • Maintain good hygiene


    • Don’t rub your eyes
    • Don’t drive immediately after surgery
    • Don’t swim or expose your eyes to water
    • Don’t neglect symptoms or concerns

    Can a cataract come back after surgery?

    No, a cataract does not come back after surgery. The cloudy natural lens is permanently removed, and an artificial IOL is implanted. However, in some possibilities, a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO) can occur, causing similar visual symptoms.

    Can I undergo cataract surgery if I have other eye disorders?

    In many cases, cataract surgery can be performed even if you have other eye diseases, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. Your ophthalmologist will assess your eye health and select the best approach to address the cataract and any co-existing conditions.

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