What is a cataract?

A cataract is total or partial opacification of the crystalline lens (the eye’s natural lens) that progressively reduces vision. A cataract is normally associated with age, although it can be congenital or occur through trauma.

Usually the loss of transparency occurs progressively and slowly and therefore may not be noticed for some time. A cataract can cause a sharp image to become blurry, bright colours fade or night vision to be reduced; or it may be why reading glasses or strong prescription glasses no longer seem to work.

Sometimes myopia appears that had not existed before, in other words, distant objects become out of focus and it is easier to read without glasses when they used to be essential.

You will notice a continuous change of glasses within a short space of time. You should know that a cataract always progresses, and inevitably it will continue to take away more and more sight and there are no medications, diet or laser that can prevent or delay its appearance.

The most advanced, safe and efficient technique that enables faster recovery of sight is emulsification with topical anaesthetic and a small incision without stitches or covering of the eyes; and this is the technique that we use systematically at our clinic.

The operation commences with the making of an incision of justy 2.2 mm, through which the tip of the emulsifying probe is inserted, which divides the cataract into pieces and at the same time sucks them in, removing them from the eye, leaving only the cover, called the capsule, which is what keeps the crystalline lens in its position and held within the eye.

During the operation the contents of the opaque crystalline lens are removed, leaving its cover (the capsule) and is replaced by an artificial crystalline lens, which is an intraocular lens positioned within the capsule.

There is an extensive range of lenses that offer different options for your visual needs after surgery to remove the crystalline lens. You and your ophthalmologist will determine the best lens for you based on your requirements, visual goals and on the health of your eyes.

After being discharged, we recommend to all patients that they check the condition of their eyes at least once a year. This simple check-up can be done at our clinic or at any other ophthalmologist in your country. In 10% of patients, over time, opacification appears in the capsule that is left during the operation to hold the intraocular lens; this is noticed by the patient as blurry vision, but it is not another cataract.

Our team will help you to find the best solution