With aging our vision gets cloudy. In this case, our doctor may suggest surgery to remove the eye lens and replace it with an artificial one. It is one of the most common and safe procedures that help us to see better. More than 50% of people who are 60 plus may have a cataract, and need this surgery for improved vision.
Cataract surgery is a type of eye surgery, where the doctor removes a cataract (cloudy lens) and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. Clouding happens because of the clumping of proteins over the lens which diminishes normal vision. Our eye lens is normally clear. When it turns cloudy, it is called a ‘cataract’. This problem is usually generated due to aging, trauma to the eyes, diabetes, or because of long-term use of steroids.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest eye surgeries. Almost 95% of people who have undergone this procedure have reported clear vision. If the cataract is left untreated, it may lead to a partial loss of vision or even can result in complete blindness. Cataract treatment includes surgical removal of the affected lens, once the cataract becomes mature.
We are more likely to develop cataracts as we get older, and it also tends to worsen over time. Usually, your doctor will recommend surgery once the cataract becomes noticeable affecting the vision. Some of the cataract conditions include:
Sometimes, cataracts can also be congenital, meaning they are present since birth. These types of cataracts are one of the main causes of childhood blindness. If the surgery is performed when a child is six weeks old, there are more chances of a good outcome.
Cataract surgery is the safest eye treatment that helps clear your blurry vision. As the cataract grows, you will face dim vision. You may also experience double vision making it hard to read, work on a computer, or while doing daily chores. Cataract surgery should be done on time to prevent the development of a hyper mature cataract which makes normal cataract surgery difficult. Sometimes cataracts may also interfere with the treatment of other eye problems.
Cataract surgery is:
Although the surgery is safe and can be done on both eyes at the same time, the surgery typically is performed on one eye, and then after a few days, it is performed on the second eye. This approach helps the first eye to recover and stabilize before surgery is performed on the other eye.
Yes, it is possible to go for cataract surgery after LASIK. Cataract surgery treats the lens within the eye, while LASIK treats the cornea. So, one surgery does not affect the procedure of another.
The best lens depends on your vision and the refractive errors need to be corrected. Moreover, there are monofocal, and premium multifocal intraocular lenses that greatly differ in prizes. Consider the following factors while choosing the lens:
It takes about four to eight weeks to fully recover from surgery. People may also notice their vision getting better much sooner. Usually there is no pain or discomfort during the recovery period, but you may feel dry eyes or little irritations. You need to go for follow-up appointments with your doctor as per the schedule.During the recovery period, you should:
To understand more about the things to be taken care of after cataract surgery, you can watch a short video from GMoney.
Cataract surgery cost differs according to city. Normally, the cataract surgery cost in Pune is somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 80,000 for a single eye. The cost also varies with:
Cataract surgery cost is normally higher in metro cities. For example, the cost of this surgery in Mumbai is between Rs 29,000 to Rs 55,000. The average cataract surgery cost in Chennai is around Rs 32,000.
Cataract surgery cost is generally covered under medical insurance. If your surgery is covered, you may still have to bear some costs. For example, special types of IOLs will cost more, and you have to pay for the extra amount from your pocket. Moreover, if you don’t have health coverage, you can still manage the surgery cost with the help of GMoney.
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