Do away with glasses after a cataract surgery!
The new technique for a cataract surgery, called the Phacoemulsification, helps patients to make do without glasses, even after the surgery.
Make a rough guess! How long will a cataract surgery take today? Well, if you are at Nethradhama, the Super Specialty Eye Hospital in Bangalore, it may take even lesser than three minutes.
Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Sri Ganesh, walks into the Hospital at nine in the morning, and by the time he leaves his chamber in the evening, he would have successfully completed 20 to 30 surgeries. All thanks to the new technique – Phacoemulsification – that he can now successfully complete surgeries in a lightening speed.
Dr. Ganesh started Phaco 15 years back, when a lot of other hospitals were still looking for newer ways to combat cataract problems. Over the years, the procedures have evolved. The latest procedure for Phacoemulsification enables the Doctors at Nethradhama to do a cataract surgery with an incision of 1.5 mm to 2.5 mm in the lens, thus making the whole procedure faster and painless. “Earlier, it used to take three months for a patient to be completely healed after a cataract surgery, for the procedure was long. Today, with the help of the latest Phaco Machines that we use for cataract surgeries here, a patient can walk away from the hospital in the same day”. “These surgeries don’t need anesthesia, and it’s a very painless procedure,” said Dr. Sri Ganesh.
Explaining on the procedure, he said, “We make an incision into the lens of an eye, which is normally between 1.5 and 2.8 mm, and then the Phaco Machine is used to suck the cataract out. Once this is over, the required lens is inserted with the help of a lens injector; because, the opening is very small, it is self healed. Hence, no stitches are required like the way it used to be in the erstwhile cataract surgeries.” Unlike rigid plastic lenses that were used earlier, today, the availability of a wide range of lenses has just made thing much simpler. The newest being the foldable lenses. “Foldable lenses are good for surgeries of these kinds. As the incision is very small, these lenses are folded and inserted into the eye. There are other lenses like New Wave Front or Aspheric Lenses, which not only correct the cataract problem, but, seeing through these lenses are like watching High Definition Television, for it increases the contrast and has a very high vision.”
When things are made this simpler, patients don’t seem to have a reason to complain either. “It’s nice to see that technologies have evolved so much. I was really surprised to see when the doctors told me that my surgery was over. It was too quick to even realize,” laughs Hari Krishnan, a Financial Analyst, after undergoing a surgery. Deepa Nandi, who had undergone a cataract surgery two months earlier, feels happier for not having to used glasses anymore. “I don’t use glasses anymore (my only worry prior to the surgery). I did hear about Phacoemulsification, but wasn’t sure of how successful it was until I did it recently.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.
What causes cataract?
Ageing is the most common cause. With age, proteins of the eye lens get altered leading to cataract. Other causes include congenital and developmental anomalies, trauma, inflammation of the eye, metabolic diseases like Diabetes, Hypothyroidism etc.
Symptoms of Cataract
Cataract makes simple tasks difficult and in some cases impossible to perform.
Facts about Micro incision Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsification)
Requires a very small incision of 1.5 – 2.8 mm
Cataract Extraction with Phacoemulsification is followed by foldable lens implantation
Walk-in Walk-Out procedure
Stitch less, bloodless, painless surgery
Minimum post surgery precautions
Quicker healing and recovery
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