eeCataract Extraction

A cataract is a clouding of the lens and is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. The only treatment option is a caract extraction.

The cataract is a medical condition where the otherwise clear lens in the eye becomes progressively cloudier. The cataract is the most common eye disorder in general, and is usually diagnosed in middle and old age. EuroEyes offers the cataract treatment on an outpatient basis using highly advanced methods. The natural lens is replaced with a clear artificial lens (intraocluar lens), which is also referred to as a lens exchange (RLE). Generally, multifocal lenses or alternatively monofocal lenses are used for the correction.

The Treatment

The Refractive Lens Exchange – Step by Step:

 

Before the procedure, anesthetized eye drops will be applied to your eye. The outpatient procedure usually lasts 15 minutes per eye. The cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which therefore must be removed.

 

First, a 2 mm peripheral opening is made in the anterior capsule of the natural lens, and the lens core is removed. The lens capsule is preserved and will function as supporting tissue for the new artificial lens.

 

The new monofocal lens is then inserted and thereby replaces the removed clouded lens. The artificial lens has life long durability.

 

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Lens Types

The Advantages of Multifocal Lenses Compared to Monofocal Lenses

The cataract treatment can be carried out with mono-or multifocal lenses. Multifocal lenses have multiple focal points. The choice of a multifocal lens has one distinct advantage: after the this cataract treatment the patient achieves a good vision up close and in the distance, without needing glasses. In contrast, monofocal lenses only offer one focal point and only improve the vision in either the distance or close up. You will therefore not become completely independent of glasses if you choose the monofocal lens.

 

Additional Technical Details about the Multifocal Lens

The optics of the multifocal lenses used by EuroEyes are manufactured using the patented SMP technology: a special procedure that reduces a flare phenomena, that always occur in multifocal lenses, to an absolute minimum. The positive effect is less glare and less halos (light rims). Furthermore, the aspheric optics ensure an enhanced image quality and improved contrast sensitivity under reduced light conditions, such as at dusk or at night.

To protect the sensitive retina, the lenses are fitted with an optional light protection filter in addition to a UV filter. In ophthalmology, this protection is used particularly for the prevention of macular degeneration (AMD) or for patients who are already affected by AMD

Treatment Procedure

1.  Personal, Non-binding Consultation:

  • All relevant eye parameters are measured.
  • Examine your eyes to make sure you are a suitable candidate for the treatment
  • Detailed consultation

 

2.  A Thorough Medical Preliminary Examination

  • The examination usually lasts about two hours
  • Intensive ophthalmic preliminary examination and measurement of your eyes
  • Our Specialists in ophthalmology will explain every detail about the treatment
  • Before this preliminary examination you should not have worn soft contact lenses for one week and hard contact lenses for two weeks
  • Please note that after the examination you will not be safe driving a vehicle–neither car, nor motorcycle or bicycle. We therefore recommend that you take a cab or public transportation
  • At the examination you will receive an after-care set for the days after your treatment. The medication and content will be explained in detail by our staff

 

3.  On the Day of the Cataract Treatment

  • We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes on the day of treatment
  • If possible, please have someone to accompany you
  • You can eat and drink normally on the treatment day, but please do not smoke
  • For hygiene reasons, it is also important that you wash your face thoroughly prior to treatment, completely remove makeup, and avoid perfume
  • If you wish, we can give you a mild sedative prior to the treatment
  • The eye being treated will receive anesthetic eye drops
  • The total duration of this outpatient surgery will be 10-15 minutes per eye
  • The operated eye will be protected by an eye bandage until the next day
  • Note: When both eyes are treated, it will be carried out on two consecutive days
  • You are not allowed to drive a vehicle after the procedure

 

4.  After the Lens Treatment

  • Please do not rub your eyes
  • Antibiotic eye drops multiple times a day depending on medical instructions
  • Artificial tears as required
  • Return to work after 2-4 days
  • Resume sports activities after approximately 3 days, swimming and sauna should be avoided in the beginning
  • Post-operative follow-up examinations: after 1 day – 1 week – 1 month – 3 months
  • You may drive a vehicle again only with the doctor's permission

 

 

Good to Know

The Causes of Cataracts

The clouding is of the natural lens is caused by degeneration of the lens proteins due to light exposure and age-related changes in the metabolism, and leads to a progressive deterioration of vision. With cataracts, the light entering the eye can hardly pass through the lens. This results in a scattered light and an unsharp image on the retina. The outside world is perceived through a veil: only unclear and blurred, color and contrast sensitivity decreases significantly.

 

Cataract: One of the World's Most Common Eye Diseases

The cataract treatment is performed by a outpatient surgical replacement of the clouded natural lens, that is then replaced with a highly advanced artificial lens (IOL). With worldwide nearly 15 milliom procedures each year, the lens exchange is the most successful and the most common surgery in ophthalmology.

 

EuroEyes has Long-term Experience with Cataract Treatments

With Dr. Jørn Jørgensen, EuroEyes is led by a pioneer in the field of cataract surgery. In 1990 he was the first eye surgeon in Hamburg to perform outpatient cataract surgeries with a new micro-incision technique (phacoemulsification). Less than a year later, Dr. Joergensen introduced the "no-stitch surgery". Thus, EuroEyes has a unique and unmatched experience in the field of cataract treatments.

We have successfully performed several thousands cataract surgeries in our EuroEyes clinics.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of a cataract?

A cataract begins quite small and may have little effect on vision at first. You may notice that your vision is slightly blurred. A cataract can also cause glare in bright sunlight or glare around lights. This might be noticed at night when looking at oncoming car headlights. Some people report that colours may not appear as bright as they once did. As the cataract gets bigger and clouds more of the lens, you will find it harder to read and do other day-to-day tasks. Less commonly cataracts can cause double vision in the affected eye.

Frequently asked questions about the cataract surgery

 
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