How is the surgery performed?
Cataract surgery is safe, short and painless. It is performed under local (topical) anesthesia applied to the surface of the eye. During the surgery, the lens is removed from the eye using a precise microsurgical technique with the help of an ultrasound. An artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is then placed where the original lens used to be.
is carried out for cataract surgeries covered by health insurance. The lenses are prepared in advance and the eye surgeon chooses the most suitable one.
is not covered by medical insurance. The lens is custom-made for each patient, allowing more precise vision correction and reducing dependence on prescription glasses.
How are cataracts diagnosed?
Diagnosing cataracts is not always easy, although vision loss after the age of 40 can act as a simple rule for when to consider the diagnosis. A thorough ophthalmological examination is required to make the diagnosis, and the most common symptoms that make us think of cataracts are:
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Can cataract reoccur?
No, cataract does not reoccur after surgery
Do refractive errors still change after cataract surgery?
No, because you have a new lens inserted.
What types of cataracts are there?
There are different types of cataracts, of which age-related cataract is the most common. The subtypes of cataracts are:
– Congenital cataract
Some newborns are already born with cataracts. It can be congenital or occur as a result of an infection of the fetus during pregnancy. Some children develop cataracts in infancy. Usually, these types of cataracts do not compromise vision. If vision is affected, the eye lens must be removed.
– Secondary cataract
It can develop after eye surgery due to other eye issues, such as glaucoma. People with systemic diseases such as diabetes can develop secondary cataracts. The association with steroid use can also be one of the causes.
– Traumatic cataract
It is caused by an injury to the eye, and can develop after a few years.
– Radiation cataract
Exposure to certain types of radiation can also cause cataracts.
Is cataract transmissible?
Cataracts occur in one or both eyes. It cannot be passed from one eye to the other as it is not a transmissible disease, nor is it contagious.
When do the first signs of cataracts appear?
Cataracts are most common after the age of 65 but can appear earlier.
In younger patients, cataracts does not cause severe vision defects and blurred vision. Because cataracts are too small and do not affect ones ability to see, most people do not even know they have it. Vision problems are most likely to occur after the age of 60.
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