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Cataract is the complete or partial loss of normal eye lens transparency and hence darkening. Most cataract cases occur as a natural consequence of aging, but there are other factors such as diabetes, infections, eye accidents, and genetic factors. And there is a congenital cataract that appears on newborns.
Patients with cataracts will experience a gradual loss of vision, and this will affect their daily activities. In advanced cases, this may lead to temporary loss of vision and an increase in intraocular pressure.

Advantages Of The Cataract Treatments

  • Improved vision
  • Eliminates color blindness
  • Low-risk process
  • Quick and efficient
  • Improved quality of life
  • Healthy eyes

LASIK Eye Surgery Facts

  • A cataract is the clouding or opacity of the lens inside the eye. The lens has the shape of a lentil and lies behind the colored part of the eye, the iris.
  • In a normal eye, this lens is clear. It helps focus light rays on to the back of the eye, the retina, which sends messages to the brain allowing us to see. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and prevents the light rays from passing to the retina.
  • Cataracts usually form slowly, and people experience a gradual blurring of vision.

Types of Cataract

Nuclear Cataract: Cloudiness is present in the center of the lens. Here the lens starts to turn yellow and even may turn brown with the progression. This can also lead to difficulties distinguish between colors.

Cortical Cataract: Cloudiness is seen in the outer peripheral or cortical region of the lens.

Subcapsular Cataract: Occurs at the back of the lens capsule or subcapsular region. This develops faster than the nuclear and cortical cataract. The cataract often interferes with the reading vision, reduces the vision in bright light, and creates glares or halos around light at night.

About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudiness in your eyes. The process may only remove the cataract or replace the natural lens with an artificial one depending on the condition of each patient. The painless process can benefit you with clear vision. Cataract surgeries are popular with their low complications and high effectiveness in vision distortions. It usually takes around 10 minutes to complete the entire process.

Who Needs A Cataract Surgery?

Progression of cataracts can cause vision impairments, color blindness and make it difficult to engage in your daily activities with comfort. Eye doctors usually recommend cataract surgeries once it starts to disrupt your vision and cause problems in reading, driving, and other related regular activities. During the surgery, the replacement through a clear artificial lens will bring back the normal vision taking away all the problems that cause due to distorted vision.


Cataract Surgery FAQ’s

How long does it take a cataract surgery?

The cataract surgery procedure is performed in less of ten minutes in most of the cases. Although a normal cataract is not an emergency, the medical recommendation now is the sooner the surgery, the faster procedure and recovery.

Are the Cataract surgeries painful?

All our surgeries are performed under anesthesia so the patient don’t have pain at all and the time of performance is very short. Most surgeries are performed under topical anesthesia. The eye surgeon will assess you about this.

When will I recover my vision for normal performance?

Depending on the evolution of the cataract. The sooner, the better. Normal procedures may take 2 or 3 days. In very few cases, can be later but the refractive surgeon will tell you before.

If I have cataract in both eyes, should I have both surgeries done the same day?

We do not recommend performing both surgeries the same day. We recommend waiting until the first eye has good vision to perform the second eye. Usually, it takes less than 1 week. This will allow the first eye to recover and stabilize your vision before treating the next.

Should I need to change the lens in the future?

No. The intraocular lenses are made of synthetic materials and they stay for life.

Are there any possible side effects or complications?

Cataract surgery in Dubai is the most frequent intervention in ophthalmology and the procedure with the greatest overall impact on the quality of life. It is performed worldwide and is considered a safe surgery. It is normal to have some light disturbances as blurred vision due to inflammation or pupil dilation, dry eye sensation, visual adaptation, sensibility to light, night halos or brighter lights during the first days. All of them tend to decrease in some days. Severe complications are rare and can be avoided with proper patient selection, correct surgical indication and adequate postoperative care.

Can you have cataract surgery if you have glaucoma?

Yes, you can still have cataract surgery with glaucoma conditions. Extra caution will be taken in this kind of situation, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries may performed to lower the eye pressure.

Can You Exercise After Cataract Surgery?

Following the surgery, you need to avoid strenuous activities at least for a week. This is because the activities can increase the pressure of your eyes and cause complications before the healing is completed. After a few days, your doctor will guide you to resume lighter activities. You can get back to your regular exercise patterns after about four weeks once cleared by your ophthalmologist.

Cataract Surgery

Once the blurred vision interferes with the patient activity, the only solution is surgery.
Nowadays, the Cataract surgery is simple and safe and performed under local anesthesia, it takes less than 10 minutes and the visual recovery is very fast in most of the cases.
The natural opaque lens is removed and it should be changed for an artificial lens to give the eye the ability to see again.
The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis without having the stay in the hospital after the surgery.
An ultrasound test will take place before a week to the surgery to measure the size and shape of your eyes to determine the right type of intraocular lens. On your surgery day, before starting the process, eye drops will be given to dilate the pupil. Local anesthesia will also give to numb the area, including sedation to relax yourself. The lens will then be removed and replaced with an artificial lens. There are instances where only the cataract may be removed without removing implanting an artificial lens.
The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis without having the stay in the hospital after the surgery.
An ultrasound test will take place before a week to the surgery to measure the size and shape of your eyes to determine the right type of intraocular lens.
On your surgery day, before starting the process, eye drops will be given to dilate the pupil. Local anesthesia will also give to numb the area, including sedation to relax yourself. The lens will then be removed and replaced with an artificial lens. There are instances where only the cataract may be removed without removing implanting an artificial lens.

Two types of methods are involved in cataract surgeries;

Phacoemulsification – Here and an ultrasound probe will be used to break the cataract and suction out the fragments. The back of your eye lens will be left to implant the artificial lens.

Extracapsular extraction – A large incision is made here to remove the lens in one piece. Here, the front capsule of the lens and the cloudy lens comprising the cataract will be removed before placing the artificial lens.