What is a cataract?
Cataract is a slowly developing clouding of the lens in your eye, commonly due to aging. With progression of the disease a gray coloring can be seen behind the pupil. Cataracts interrupt the path of light through the normally clear lens of the eye and lead to blurred vision.
How do you notice these diseases?
Your symptoms could be the following:
- You notice symptoms such as blurred vision, increased glare (especially at night when driving)
- Your perception of contrasts is reduced and you see “as through a mist”
- Deterioration of your visual acuity
If you have these or similar symptoms, a careful eye examination is required to clarify the exact cause.
The examination of the cataract
For the examination, a visual acuity test as well as a (painless) dilation of the pupil are necessary, therefore, please leave your car at home. Use public transportation or take a “driver” along. The pupil dilating drops will affect your ability to drive for approx. 4 hours.
Depending on the results of the eye examination, a surgery may or may not be necessary.
In a comprehensive conversation, I will advise you about the necessity of a surgery, the details of the procedure, the expected outcome and possible side effects. It is a major concern for me to address all of your questions and to explain in detail how the surgery will be performed.
The cataract surgery
I perform this operation with the newest microincision techniques and intraocular lens materials. The lens material includes UV or blue light filters to protect against damage to the retina and is spherical for better vision. Furthermore, there are special intraocular lenses available both for near and distance vision (multifocal intraocular lenses) or for the correction of astigmatism (toric intraocular lenses). By applying the latest technology you will recover faster and will have excellent refractive results.
With a quite painless and short operation your clouded lens is removed (phacoemulsification) and is replaced by an intraocular lens. This procedure is mostly done in a day clinic (you can go home a few hours after the surgery) or sometimes as an inpatient procedure (you stay one night in the hospital).
Usually, I perform this operation under topical anesthesia. However, if you wish, I can perform this surgical procedure under sedoanalgesia (combination of sedation and painkillers) or general anesthesia. Usually, after this operation you can immediately return to work, and depending on the vision of your other eye, you can drive the next day. Treatment with eye drops will continue for 3 to 4 weeks, and the determination of new eyeglasses will be done 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
If you have questions about cataracts or the operations, please contact me.