Cataract Surgery-Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is a Cataract?

To see clearly, light from outside needs to reach the retina of the eye with proper focus and amount. Light from outside gets focused on the retina through two parts of the eye-the Cornea, as well as “the Lens”. Normally, both the Cornea and the Lens are clear and completely transparent. Over time, however, most people experience a loss of clarity of the lens, and a hardening of the lens. As the lens loses clarity, it becomes cloudy. It is no longer able to focus light clearly on the retina, nor is it able to allow all the light to pass through it. As a result, the vision becomes blurry, dull, and lacks contrast. This cloudy lens, which is unable to pass light through it efficiently, is known as a Cataract or “Motiya Bindu” or a “safed motia”

Eye which does not need cataract surgery

Eye with a clear lens. This eye is not affected by Cataract and does not need surgery

Cloudy Lens or Motiya

Eye with a cloudy lens which needs cataract surgery

2. Can a Cataract be removed by any other means other than surgery?

There are no diets, medicines, eye drops, exercises, or optical devices which are known to prevent or cure cataracts. Most people will get a Cataract as they grow older, and the longer you live, the higher the chances that you will develop a Cataract in one or both eyes.

Protection from excessive sunlight which contains harmful UltraViolet (UV) light can prevent or slow the progression of Cataract. Sunglasses or Clear Glasses which are certified to block UV light may help to slow the progression of Cataracts.

 

3. Can a Cataract  be delayed?

As mentioned above, no medicines, allopathic, homeopathic or ayurvedic have been shown, with sufficient scientific proof, to delay or prevent cataracts. Only protection from UV radiation has been shown to delay Cataracts.

4. When Should I get Cataract Surgery Done?

Cataracts normally lead to a change in the eye’s power, and also lead to glare, scattering of light, and blurry images. They particularly cause problems during night driving and when the light is not enough. If the symptoms from a Cataract are mild, all you need to do is get a change of spectacles. However, if the symptoms from a Cataract are affecting your ability to lead a normal, active lifestyle, you can easily get Cataract Surgery done, since it is quite a safe procedure. If you have symptoms due to Cataract, the only alternative is surgery. Nothing else can help relieve these symptoms.

While there is no harm in delaying Cataract Surgery for some time, if the symptoms are severe, it is best to get it done as soon as possible. If left untreated, a Cataractous Lens can be harmful in the eye. The lens also hardens with time, making the surgery to remove it more difficult.

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6. How Long does Cataract Surgery Take?

7. What Precautions do I need after Cataract Surgery? Do I need to stay in the Hospital?

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12. What is an Intraocular Lens?

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