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Is it really possible to recover vision due to Cataract?

Absolutely Yes!

Cataract surgery can help you.

Cataract is the leading cause of decreased vision and blindness in our country. It can be cured by a simple cataract extraction microsurgery, which these days is performed using advanced technology in a short time.

Neo vision uses the latest phaco-emulsification machine for Micro-Incision Cataract Surgery (MICS). Neo vision involves the removal of the cataract through a 2.2mm incision with the implantation of foldable Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). Patients are offered the latest in IOL technology personalised to their eyes and needs. These include Aspheric Monofocal or Multifocal lenses. Toric IOLsare specialized IOLs used in patients with associated corneal astigmatism, i.e. High cylindrical powers. To minimize calculation errors in the implanted IOLs, we now routinely do corneal topography, Immersion/Ultrasound or Optical Biometry, and Aberrometric Evaluation in all patients undergoing cataract evaluation.

What is cataract?
Cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. When we focus on an object, light rays travel into our eye through the pupil and are focused through the lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. The lens must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina. If the lens has become cloudy, this is called a cataract.

What are the causes of cataract?

  • Ageing
  • Eye injury
  • Systemic illness such as Diabetes
  • Overuse of certain drugs
  • Congenital (by birth)
  • Exposure to Radiations
  • Hereditary

What are the symptoms of cataract?

  • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
  • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Double vision within one eye

When to go for Cataract removal?
Cataract should be removed as soon as it begins to affect daily activities. When any of the above mentioned symptoms set in, it is the right time to go for Cataract removal. It is not advisable for one to wait till the cataract ripens into a matured cataract. Cataract surgery can be undertaken successfully in any season. Summer or rainy season have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the cataract surgery.

What is the intraocular lens suitable for my eyes?
At Neo Vision Eye Care, we believe that your eyes are unique and require a customized lens selection. There are a wide range of intraocular lenses available in market. Typically, monofocal lenses correct vision for distance and multifocal lenses correct vision for distance, intermediate and near vision. If your eyes have co-existing cylindrical number i.e. astigmatism, toric intraocular lenses are available for correcting that. To know more about these lenses, you can discuss the pros and cons with Dr. Mukesh Paryani.

Here are some of Frequently asked questions

Surgery is a “walk in- walk out” procedure. Pre-operatively dilating drops are instilled which take around 1 hour to act .Surgery is mostly done under topical anaesthesia i.e. only numbing eye drops. Anaesthetic drops numb the surface of the eye and the surgery can be comfortably and painlessly. The eye remains open after surgery and you may be given protective goggles to wear. Some patients may require an anaesthetic injection before the surgery. A routine surgery lasts approximately 10 minutes with the preparation time being of similar duration. One could expect to spend half a day at the hospital on the day of surgery.

Cataract surgery is pretty much painless and so is the post-operative period. There is mild irritation (or foreign body) sensation for a few days. There may be mild redness & watering of the eyes which will subside in a few days.

There is no need for bed rest after surgery. One can walk, eat normally, watch TV and be normal around home on the day of the surgery. One needs some protective glasses only when outdoors.

One can resume work even on the day after surgery.
One could either work from home or office, but should remember to instill the drops as advised.
Normally, the spectacle number after surgery is prescribed only after 4 weeks, until when reading may be an issue for those with Monofocal Intraocular Lens implants. This is not the case after implantation of a multifocal IOL.

One should avoid water from directly getting into the eyes for 10 days after surgery.
You could sponge the hair and face properly even on the day after surgery.
Normal bathing (taking precautions for the eye) can be resumed the day after surgery.
After a week to 10 days one can be completely normal.

Bending down, chewing hard foods or lifting moderate weights are not at all a problem after surgery.
One can be pretty much be normal after surgery

The vision will be bright and pretty much clear the day after surgery.
Full vision will be restored gradually in a few days time.

One would not normally need to specifically clean the eye after surgery.
Cotton balls or a cotton cloth should be dipped into container containing water .The water along with cotton is allowed to boil and then allowed to cool down till it is lukewarm. The cotton is then taken from container using washed hands and then used to clean closed eyes and rest of the face

There is no problem in travelling on the day after the surgery provided one remembers to instill the eye drops. Timings will be given for the instillation of the eye drops, but an hour this way or that does not cause any problem.