WHAT ARE CATARACTS AND HOW ARE THEY TREATED?
A cataract means that the eye’s lens has become cloudy or foggy and is a completely normal development in an ageing eye. Everyone develops cataracts sooner or later. The only known way to treat cataracts is to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens. The timing of cataract surgery is entirely dependent on what problems it causes. Surgery is indicated when cataracts impair vision to the extent that it affects everyday activities such as reading, watching TV, needlework, household chores or driving.
Cataract surgery is one of the commonest and safest procedures performed within the field of ophthalmic surgery. Cataract surgery involves the patient’s own lens being replaced with an artificial lens. The experiences ophthalmologists at Eira Hospital have been performing cataract surgery for over 15 years and we used the latest generation of lenses that have a high optical quality.
TYPICAL SYMPTOMS OF CATARACTS:
- dazzling lights
- a sensation of having curtains in front of your eyes
- double vision
- colours fade
- the strength of your glasses changes
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THE INITIAL EVALUATION FOR CATARACT SURGERY IS PERFORMED BY THE OPHTHALMOLOGIST
Prior to the surgery, you meet the ophthalmologist who will be performing the operation. The initial evaluation includes an examination of the structure of the eye. In addition to this, the various lens options are gone over and we work out which lens is most suitable for your specific needs.
Normally, a lens is chose than will make optimal near and distance vision possible following the surgery. Patients with refractive errors can choose a special lens that corrects astigmatism. For some patients, it is possible to use a special lens that replaces progressive glasses, which means that the patient has both near and distance vision following the surgery.