This is a common eye condition and the most important cause of curable blindness in India and South Asia. The lens becomes progressively opaque and causes blurred vision. It can be cured easily.
What we do.
The team in this service treats cataract, a common eye condition, in which the lens becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision.
Cataract surgery is generally recommended when your cataract has progressed to the point that it is interfering with your daily activities and lifestyle. It is usually safe to delay surgery if you do not feel you have a problem with your vision, or don’t want to have an operation.
Modern cataract surgery is usually quick and can be performed using a local anaesthetic only. Most people are able to return to work the day after their operation. During surgery, your lens is usually replaced with a clear plastic lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). For most patients, the new lens is chosen to aim for focused distant vision after the operation. Many people still require glasses for fine focusing in the distance and it is usual for you to need reading glasses after your operation. There is a possibility of implanting a multifocal lens, which will enable you to focus at three focal points, thus covering near, computer and distance vision for you. A ‘toric’ lens that treats your astigmatism ( cylindrical power) and neutralises it is also available. Your treating doctor will advise you regarding the kind of lens you may need.
Patient Information leaflets:
Cataract and Phacoemulsification
Toric and Multifocal Lenses
Cataracts in Children