A foggy area in the lens of the eye which advances progressively usually from aging, diabetes or any other diseases, over time the vision is impaired and reduces the quality of life of the patient. This can be cured by a surgery that lasts around 20 minutes and with quick recovery after 8 hours.
A cataract is the progressive opacity of the natural lens of the eye that focuses light onto the retina, this lens is transparent and composed of proteins and water. Over time, these proteins lose their properties and clump together, causing cloudiness and opacity, which hinders or even completely blocks the passage of light, resulting in partial or, in severe cases, total vision loss.
It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and primarily affects the elderly population. While aging is the most common cause of cataracts, there are other factors such as metabolic issues, trauma, inflammatory processes, and autoimmune conditions that can also contribute to the development of cataracts.
As it is a progressive condition, symptoms may not be immediately noticeable, and patients can become accustomed to impaired vision. These symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision.
- Loss of vision in distant objects (farsighted)
- Glare, reflections, and double vision.
- The appearance of halos around light sources.
- Light sensitivity, especially at night.
- In severe cases, it can cause reversible blindness.
The procedure for cataract removal is a microsurgery that lasts approximately 30 minutes. It involves making a micro-incision at the edge of the cornea to allow access to a micro-ultrasound probe, which fragments the opaque lens into small pieces for easy removal using a micro-aspirator inserted through the same incision, after this, an intraocular lens, customized to the patient, is inserted to fulfill the function of the natural lens.
This is an outpatient surgery, and due to the nature of the micro-incision, it does not require stitches. The recovery time is approximately one week, with noticeable improvement within the first 24 to 48 hours.
Eyexperts recommend at least an annual eye examination, during these check-ups, we can detect and classify the type and severity of cataracts. Our experienced doctors will guide and advise you throughout the treatment process, before, during, and after the procedures.
We have state-of-the-art equipment to address any cataract-related issues.
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