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Cataract Surgery

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Cataract surgery is a very common procedure used to treat cataract – the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, often leading to a decrease in the patient’s vision. Cataract can affect one eye or both. Cataract usually develops slowly, over a long period of time. Cataract symptoms include one or more of the following:

● Blurry vision
● Faded colours
● Halos around light
● Trouble seeing at night
● Trouble with bright lights

Patients suffering from cataract usually have trouble reading, driving and recognizing faces. The condition is also linked to depression and an increase risk of accidents such as falling. Cataract currently causes 50% of the world’s blindness.

Cataract can be caused by one or more of the following:

● Age – This is the most common cause for cataract and the primary reason why people undergo cataract eye surgery
● Trauma to the natural lens of the eye
● Radiation
● Genetics
● Skin diseases
● Smoking
● Medications

Other factors that can cause cataract and ultimately lead to cataract surgery, include:

● Diabetes
● Hypertension
● Poor nutrition
● High alcohol intake

Although early cataract symptoms may be corrected by wearing glasses, many people require cataract surgery in order to regain their vision. Around 50% of individuals from the US will have cataract by the age of 80.

Cataract Surgery Candidates

Cataract surgery or cataract eye surgery is recommended for individuals suffering from cataract. If left untreated, the condition can lead to depression, an increased risk of accidents and ultimately total blindness.

Am I Suitable for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery or cataract eye surgery contraindications include:

● Patients who enjoy satisfactory functional vision with glasses
● Patients who are medically unfit
● Patients that had cataract surgery recently

Other contraindications for cataract eye surgery can include:

● Corneal pannus
● Glaucoma surgery
● Keratoconus
● Very small pupils

Preparing for Cataract Surgery

Patients need to go through very thorough eye examinations before going in for cataract eye surgery or cataract surgery. In some cases, cataract surgery may not be needed for the patient to have a satisfactory functional vision and in other cases, other procedures may be required before the cataract surgery can begin.

How is Cataract Surgery Performed?

Cataract eye surgery or cataract surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia. The eye is numbed with an injection or by using anaesthetic eye drops.

The eye doctor will then proceed to create two incisions into the clear cornea of the patient. A circular hole is then created into the capsule where the lens is located. Ultrasound waves may be used to liquefy the lens, after which it is removed. The soft outer layer of the cataract is also removed. Saline solution is inserted into the front part of the eye, in order to help it maintain its shape. A plastic lens is then inserted into the eye, precisely into the spot where the natural lens used to be. The eye doctor may also inject antibiotics into the eye in order to prevent any chance of infections.

Cataract Surgery Summary

Anesthesia

Local anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Overnight stay is not required

Duration of Operation

30 to 45 minutes

Minimum Stay

2 to 3 days

Cataract Surgery Recovery

The cataract surgery recovery period is usually quite short. Patients can leave the hospital in one or two days. Heavy physical activities and lifting need to be avoided for around 4 weeks after the cataract surgery. Doctors recommend wearing an eye shield for a few days after the procedure.

Cataract Surgery Risks and Complications

Cataract surgery complications and risks include:

● Infection
● Retinal detachment
● Endophthalmitis
● Glaucoma
● Bleeding
● Loss of vision
● Secondary cataract

Cataract Surgery Side Effects

Cataract surgery side effects include:

● Inflammation in the eyes region
● Itchiness in the eyes region
● Swelling
● Pain and discomfort
● Dry eyes

Cataract Surgery Success Rates

Cataract surgery reviews set the average success rate between 85 and 92%. Generally, around 95% of patients are satisfied with the results of this procedure.

Before and After Cataract Surgery

Patients may still require glasses on certain occasions, even after cataract surgery. If the patient has cataract in both eyes, two surgeries need to be performed at an interval of around 2 months. Patients undergoing cataract eye surgery usually experience improved vision and increased mobility.

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Cataract Surgery Cost

Average Cataract Surgery costs are € 1,688, based on Cataract Surgery prices from 21 clinics. Cheapest Cataract Surgery cost is € 700 where Cataract Surgery prices can go up to € 2,000.

Cataract Surgery prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Cataract Surgery in Turkey is a popular option where Cataract Surgery costs as low as € 700.

Please note that the Cataract Surgery prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Cataract Surgery procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Cataract Surgery procedures. To receive a personalized Cataract Surgery quote, please click HERE.

Cataract Surgery FAQ

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What are the chances of developing complications from cataract surgery?

The risk of endophthalmitis is less than 1 in 1000. Other risks are well under 10%.

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How old does a child have to be in order to be treated?

It’s a case of “the sooner, the better”. Children should have cataract eye surgery when they are between 6 weeks and 3 months.

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How much will it improve my sight?

Around 90% of cataract surgery patients achieve a 20/40 or better vision after the procedure.