Cataract is the frosting of the lens inside the eyes, which cause deterioration of vision.
Treatment is with surgical removal of the cataract and replacing it with a new artificial lens.
The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia and the patient could be at his or her
home the same day.
IS CATARACT SURGERY SAFE?
The cataract surgery is a straightforward in 95% of the cases, however according to the royal
college of ophthalmologists, the risk of vision-compromising severe infection could be one in
1,000. There is almost 1 to 5% rate of complication, which could mean that the patient would
need further operations, however the outcome would still be very good.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM CATARACT SURGERY?
Most of the patients report that their vision improved significantly the very next day, with
further improvement expected in the first 2 weeks. Vision improvement might be delayed up
to 2 months in case of a hard cataract.
WHICH LENS IS BETTER MONOFOCAL OR MULTIFOCAL?
Each lens comes with its advantages and disadvantages. In principle, the MONOFOCAL
offers a better quality of vision and the MULTIFOCAL gives more independence from
reading glasses. The new EDOF (Extended Depth Of Focus) lenses, fits in the middle
between the monofocal and multifocal, with similar quality of vision like the monofocal but
less chance to be spectacles independent in comparison to multifocal. During the
consultation, the patient will be provided with the choices that suit his needs.
HOW MUCH DOES CATARACT SURGERY COST?