Prof. Dr. Suhail Sarwar
What is Cataract Surgery?
Have you heard of cataracts before? A cataract is the presence of a cloudy area in your area, commonly known as "motia in eye”. Among people older than 80 years old, cataracts are quite common and cause blurriness in the vision.
If having a cataract interferes with the normal functioning of your life, your doctor would recommend you get cataract surgery.
Cataract eye surgery in Lahore is a medical treatment for the removal of a cataract. However, if the cataract doesn't cause enough blurriness to interfere with daily life activities, it may still remain important to get that treated. Ever wonder why?
Let me tell you when the cataract is present in the eye, it may interfere with other eye problems. Thus the cure of eye problems may also require cataract surgery as motia in the eye makes it difficult to examine the back of the eye.
Cataract eye surgery in Pakistan is a process to remove the lens of the eye. It is then surgically replaced by an artificial lens.
Usually, a normal lens is clear to provide vivid vision, however, the presence of cataract makes it blurry, which eventually start growing and makes it difficult to have clear vision.
A cataract operation is now the most widely used procedure for the removal of cataracts in Pakistan. With tons of modern advancements, cataract surgeons are now equipped with a range of choices in how to perform the surgery.
However, one question still remains! What causes cataracts? Even though cataracts are a normal part of aging, they can still be caused by other diseases (such as diabetes) or the use of certain medicines (such as steroids).
Regardless of other causes, a large amount of evidence suggests, aging is the leading cause of cataracts among people. As it is not due to a new development in the eye, rather it is due to the original lens blocking the eye from reaching the retina.
Types Of Cataract Surgery In Pakistan
When it's time to surgically get rid of a cataract, your doctor would provide some guidelines for a smooth experience. The entire process takes up to ten to fifteen minutes in total.
The two common types of intraocular lens implants for cataract treatment are as follows:
Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery
This surgical procedure is done by making a small incision in the cornea. The doctor then uses sound waves from an ultrasonic device to break down the lens.
The tiny pieces of the lens are then taken out via the same small incision. Next, the doctor will replace the natural lens with an intraocular lens. Many of these lenses are foldable and thus can be replaced through a small incision. Phacoemulsification cataract surgery doesn’t remove the capsular bag and is wrapped up by stitching the incision alone.
Phacoemulsification cataract surgery is the treatment with the fastest healing and recovery with minimal discomfort and pain for the patient.
Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
The less common type of cataract surgery is the intracapsular and extra capsular cataract extractions. Extracapsular cataract extraction is performed if the lens is too hard to phacoemulsify.
The surgical treatment only removes the lens and leaves behind the capsular bag which provides structure and fast healing to the eye.
However, during intracapsular extraction, both the lens and capsular bag are removed. The intraocular lens is then placed in front of the iris which holds it in place.
Is there any other way to remove the cataract? Well, thanks to modern science which has made it even easier for both the patient and doctor. In cases where no type can be administered, laser treatments come in handy!
The third and most recent treatment option is laser cataract surgery which is equally effective and durable. The process entails the same process as emulsification, however, it is carried out via laser rather than physical tools.
Why is it important to get cataract treatment?
You're heard! If you or any of your loved ones have a cataract, you must have at least once thought of this question!
Let me tell you, cataracts usually get worse over time. Resultantly, important skills and daily life can be impaired, which commonly include driving, reading, writing, sports, etc. Be seriously dangerous, cataracts may cause total blindness as well.
Research evidence, suggests that cataracts and unresolved refraction issues are the leading causes of blindness among people from Asian countries. Thus, cataract treatment is undeniable.
Many doctors recommend surgery as soon as the vision problem begins. It is so because the cataract matures over time and becomes difficult to remove, which further complicates the surgical process.
In other words, the best results of the surgery emerge when surgery is carried out as soon as the cataract is identified. The treatment plan for cataracts may vary.
Thus you should always discuss with a doctor before going for surgery as he may be well aware of your medical history and unique problems.
How to identify in time that cataract treatment is required? Well, here are some of the common cues to know that you may need cataract surgery right away!
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty in low light conditions
- Blurry vision
- Changes in color
- Frequent changes in vision
- Second sight
- Double vision
Unlike the common assumption, you cannot live with cataracts throughout your life. Though ophthalmologists are looking for alternatives, to date eye motia operation is the only cure and mandatory treatment for cataracts.
Where To Get Cataract Treatment In Pakistan?
While there are many places offering surgery for cataracts, the best ophthalmologists reside in one place alone!
SUHAIL'S EYE HOSPITAL
is impeccable in successfully treating thousands of cataract cases. Ranging from extremely complicated and sensitive ones to the simplest, the doctors are experienced to deal with all.
Motia operation demands highly skilled professionals as it entails dealing with internal structures of the eye. Removing the entire lens and replacing it with a new one can be risky as it can alter your vision.
Thus, make sure to do your research and choose the place your heart can rely on! Many of you might be looking for cataract treatment without surgery. However, let me be honest with you.
There’s no such safe treatment available in Pakistan. Thus before you fall prey to fraudulent doctors, make sure to read about cataracts and possible solutions so you may know, if you are choosing the right place and person for your eyes.