Cataract Surgery

Cataract is caused by the clouding of the natural lens of the eye and usually develops as a result of old age, but may occur in infants and young children too. 

This results in blurred vision, glare, and sensitivity to bright lights. 

As the disease progresses, it leads to painless, progressive decrease in vision which can also result in a poor quality of life, interfering with day-to-day activities like driving and reading.

 

Who Is At a Risk of Cataract?

  • People whose age is more than 60 years
  • People with prolonged use of steroids
  • Overexposure to ultraviolet rays
  • People with Diabetes
  • Eye injuries

To determine whether you have a cataract, your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms, and perform an eye examination. Your doctor may conduct several tests, including:

  • Visual acuity test. A visual acuity test uses an eye chart to measure how well you can read a series of letters. Your eyes are tested one at a time, while the other eye is covered. Using a chart or a viewing device with progressively smaller letters, your eye doctor determines if you have 6/6 vision or if your vision shows signs of impairment.
  • Slit-lamp examination. A slit lamp allows your eye doctor to see the structures at the front of your eye under magnification. The microscope is called a slit lamp because it uses an intense line of light, a slit, to illuminate your cornea, iris, lens, and the space between your iris and cornea. The slit allows your doctor to view these structures in small sections, which makes it easier to detect any tiny abnormalities.
  • Retinal exam. To prepare for a retinal exam, your eye doctor puts drops in your eyes to open your pupils wide (dilate). This makes it easier to examine the back of your eyes (retina). Using a slit lamp or a special device called an ophthalmoscope, your eye doctor can examine your lens for signs of a cataract.

Cataract Treatment in Meerut

There is no medication for treating cataract. The only effective treatment is surgery. With the advancement in technology, cataract surgery is now a safe, painless, no injection procedure. 

Cataract surgery is commonly done using a Phacoemulsification machine with the implantation of an intra-ocular lens in the eye. The incision size is less than 2.8/2.2 mm and generally does not require any sutures. The patient is discharged the same day and can resume normal activities from the next day (with a few precautions).

Dr. Karan Bhatia is an expert cataract surgeon who is well versed with the latest techniques of cataract surgery.

When should I go for cataract surgery?

Earlier patients should used to wait for the cataract to become white to undergo surgery. However, it no longer recommended. 

One can undergo cataract surgery if the cataract disturbs the daily activities of the patient or causes mild blurring of vision or if there is presence of glare or haloes around lights.