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

  •  Blurry vision 

  •  Less vivid color vision

  •  Halos around light 

  •  Trouble seeing at night 

Patients suffering from cataracts have a problem, especially with reading, driving, and recognizing faces. Although most cataracts are related to aging, the condition is also linked to depression and an increased risk of accidents such as falling.

By age 80, more than half of all Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, and cataract causes 50% of the world’s blindness

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

  • Depression
  • Radiation 
  • Genetics 
  • Skin diseases 
  • Smoking 
  • Medications 

Other factors that can cause cataracts 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 to regain their vision. They choose to undergo cataract surgery by evaluating various cost alternatives in (usually) private clinics where successful surgeons are involved. 

Who Can Have Cataract Surgery?

Individuals with visual loss due to diagnosed cataracts affect daily activities such as reading, driving, or watching TV.

Cataract Surgery Treatment Duration

Cataract Surgery takes 15-30 minutes

Cataract Surgery Complications & Side Effects

  • Infections
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Changes in eye pressure
  • Retinal detachment

Cataract Surgery Recovery Time

Most of the patients completely recovered 8 weeks after their cataract surgery. Ophthalmologists arrange follow-up visits to make sure the eye is healing correctly following the operation.

Cataract Surgery Success Rate

Cataract Surgery has a success rate of 90%.

Cataract Surgery Alternative Treatments

There is no approved alternative treatment to treat cataracts other than cataract surgery.

How Does It Work?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that involves removing cloudy eye lenses and replacing them with artificial lenses to restore clear vision. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital.

Nowadays, cataract procedures involve of a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks the affected lens so that it can be easily and gently removed from the eye.

What Does Cataract Surgery Involve?

Cataract surgery is usually performed while the patient is under topical anesthesia. We understand that every patient is different, so we carefully plan your trip from A-Z and hook you up with an expert ophthalmologist who can customize the procedure to suit your preferences, goals, expectations, and best practices.

Here are some of the stages you should expect when you choose to have cataract surgery:     

1. Taking the anesthesia

Your doctor will begin the treatment by placing eye drops in your eye to dilate the pupil. After this, you will then receive topical anesthesia to numb the area. Some patients are also given sedation to help them relax. Your doctor will decide what’s best for you.

2. Operation

After the anesthesia, the surgeon will make a small incision in your eye to remove the cataract. He/she will place a needle-thin probe emitting ultrasound energy to disintegrate the cataract. Once the cataract is emulsified, the next step will be to use soft suction to remove the cloudy lens.

After the cataract has been removed, the surgeon will implant an intraocular lens into the capsular bag that previously contained the cloudy lens. At this moment you won’t see or feel the new lens, and within a few weeks of surgery, your vision will be very clear.

What Should I Expect After Cataract Surgery?

  • You are not allowed to drive in the first two days after your surgery.
  • You should avoid lifting heavy objects, sneezing, vomiting, and being involved in strenuous activities during the recovery process.
  • To reduce the risk of infection, you should avoid swimming or using a hot tub in the first week after the cataract surgery.
  • It is important to prevent the eye from any irritants such as dust, dirt, wind, and pollen during the first few weeks after surgery.
  • You should not rub your eyes.
  • You will have a pad and plastic shield over your eye when you leave the hospital, usually, you can self-remove it the following day.
  • The sensation will return after a few hours, but it may take a few days for the vision to fully return.
  • During the recovery, it's normal to have grittiness, watery eyes, blurred vision, double vision, a red or bloodshot eyes which are usually improved within a few days.

Things You Should Do Before the Cataract Surgery Procedure

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other meds associated with blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Patients are advised to avoid smoking 24 hours before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So you should not take in anything alcoholic 24 hours before surgery.
  • If you are taking meds for chronic or acute diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, you should inform your surgeon before the surgery commences.    

Quick Facts 

Procedure  Cataract Surgery
Duration  15 - 30 minutes
Stay  1 - 2 nights
Cost in Turkey  €2000 - €3500
Anesthesia  Local anesthesia
Recovery  4 - 6 weeks
Final Results  8 weeks
Side Effects  Swelling, bleeding
Risks  Infections, changes in eye pressure, retinal detachment
Success Rate  90%
Exercise  After 1 - 2 weeks
Back To Work  After 3 days
Scars  No
Pain  Slight
Related Procedures  LASIK eye surgery


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Cataract Surgery Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Is Cataract Surgery Results Permanent?

Cataract surgery is a procedure performed to remove the natural lens in the eye since it causes blurry vision. This natural lens is replaced with a plastic, artificial lens and it is permanent, requires no care, and significantly improves vision.

At What Stage Should Cataracts Be Removed?

If there is blurred vision arising from a cataract which makes it a person difficult to do any basic activity with the eyes, it is time to consider cataract surgery and visit an ophthalmologist.

Is Cataract Surgery Cost Abroad Affordable?

Yes, the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But some factors affect the Cataract surgery cost, like the clinics' location, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used. 


Learn more about Cataract Surgery in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

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