Health & Wellness

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.

Dr. Sri Ganesh Dr. Sri Ganesh

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.

Some FAQ’s:

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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Tags: cataract surgery, cataract, phacoemulsification, nethradhama, eye specialty hospital, phaco machines


JOY JAGDIDSH PATRA Sep 02nd, 2010 09:37 PM

hello sir,
i am an engineer from RVCE,bangalore and always had a trouble wit my glasses .I am very much aware of this surgery and have a plan to undergo. since, my eye power changes by time i dont have a constant power,so i wonder if this can give me a permanent rid of my glasses.
And what else would be suitable if not phacoemulsification.

P.Sathisha Sep 02nd, 2010 04:49 PM

This great article spreads about phaco surgery.... If this surgery works well as mentioned in the article.... no doubt this will be a great achievement on Eye Sector. ,
Any one can answer the following quires......
1.  what is the surety for the operated eye... How long (Must be In years) the inserted lens will work...?  
2. How long the power of the lens will hold and Is there any requirement to replace the lens after some years.........? 
With all the above quires I appreciate this technique comes to our Bangalore.............. 

Kailas Shankar May 26th, 2010 03:44 PM

I took my grandmother to Nethradhama with recommendations from few of our relatives for cataract surgery.  She got her right eye operated by another eye hospital in JP Nagar, Banaglroe and I dont know what technique they used ( i think its a regular method) because my grandma's eye was bandaged after the surgery and she took almost more than 2 months to recover with poor vision.  So we decided to get the other eye operated in Nethradhama.  There expertise is simply superb, I mean they gave me all the details about the surgery (phaco) and also gave options to choose type of lens(IOL). They offered me a packages ranging from 20K to 50K (for phaco including lens) I choose 22K package (all inclusive) It was such a experience that as a lay person I could manage to know the and understood the steps involved in the procedure.  
Dr. Sri Ganesh operated my grandmother's left eye and she came out of operation theatre with a dark goggles and she could be able to see immediately.  such a wonderful technology where a old woman can be spared without putting bandage or stitches and also without complaining of pain or discomfort to her sight.  I think everybody should know the difference between conventional surgery and the latest technologies in health industry.  Hope this article brings light on this newer technique – Phacoemulsification.  Great technique from Great Master - Dr. Sri Ganesh.

Suraj from mDhil May 26th, 2010 02:32 PM

Great article!! It is really nice to know about such developments in the health sector. Cataract will no longer be feared by the patients.
I wanted to ask a couple of doubts though. How expensive is the Phacoemulsification technique as compared to the traditional methods of operating cataract?
Also is Nethradhama the only center for this facility or other hospitals like Aravind Eye Hospitals also implement them?
Also is their any way to get in touch with Dr. Sri Ganesh? mDhil is social enterprise working in the health sector located in Bangalore. It would be great if we could meet him. We would like to contribute in ensuring that this news reaches as many people as possible.

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