What is Cataract and How is it treated?

Cataract is known colloquially as “curtain”. It is the loss of transparency of the natural lens of the eye. The function of the clear lens of the eye is to refract light and enable it to focus on the correct spot on the retina (network layer that consists of optic cells). Thereby an image is formed on retina. If the natural lens becomes blurred and loses its transparency in time, the vision may be impaired because of the blockage of light’s passing; the patient’s vision becomes hazy and blurry.

Cataract is a disease that occurs by the loss of transparency of the natural lens of the eye and reduces the clarity and quality of vision. Phacoemulsification method (known colloquially as laser) used in cataract surgery is the preeminent of scientific and technological developments.

The comfort of this method for the patient is that there being no injections, no suture and no bandages after the surgery.

The number of the lens to be inserted in the eye during the cataract surgery is calculated with IOL MASTER which is the most precise device regarding this process. Surgical procedure is performed by our experienced doctors with the most advanced technological devices in the world.

Pre and post-Cataract Surgery

Please be ready at the hospital on the day and time determined for the surgery. However, the time that you are asked to arrive is not the time which you will have the surgery. The primary tests and examinations of the patient and preparation of the eye for the surgery take time. Your surgery will be performed within 3-4 hours as of the time of admission. Please plan accordingly.

Continue to take your medications on the day of the surgery that you are already on. However you should stop taking your blood thinner medications 3 days prior to surgery.

You should come to the hospital in comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and put on. It would be suitable for you to come with just one attendant.

After the surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room to wait for some time and will be escorted to your attendants at the hall by the helping staff when you feel comfortable.

You will not experience much pain after the surgery. However you may take painkillers if needed.

Your eye will be susceptible to infections during the first days following the surgery. Do not shake hands with or kiss your friends. Wash your hands frequently. Be sure that your hands are clean before you use your eye medication; do not let the tip of the dropper to touch your eye or eyelashes.

Warnings

· You should put the drop from above, pulling the lower eyelid down.

· Do not touch the tip of the dropper.

· Put the drop into the eyelid or the eye.

· More drops do not have a better effect. Just 1 or 2 drops are sufficient.

· Waiting 5-10 min. between the drops is sufficient.

· You do not need to use the medication during your sleeping hours.

· You can keep your medication at the room temperature.

· Keep water out of your eye for a week.

Note: You should see your doctor on the next day of your surgery with your medication for your first control.

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