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Cataracts Surgery
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A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataract is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. At Quirónsalud, we have the best cataract surgeons in Dubai who are highly qualified. The reason for the occurrence of cataract in humans is the natural process of aging, but it can also be due to diabetes, inflammation, ocular trauma and genetics. There is also congenital cataract which appears in newborns. As a result of cataract, the patient will have gradually reduced vision which can affect daily life activity, and in advanced cases lead to temporary loss of vision and a rise in intraocular pressure. Once the blurred vision interferes with the patient activity, the only solution is surgery. The cataract surgery done by a specialist is a simple and safe procedure performed under local anesthesia. It takes less than 10 minutes, and the visual recovery is speedy. Modern cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification.

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Cataract Surgery Facts

  • A cataract is the clouding or opacity of the lens inside the eye. The lens has the shape of a lentil and lies behind the colored part of the eye, the iris.
  • In a normal eye, this lens is clear. It helps focus light rays on to the back of the eye, the retina, which sends messages to the brain allowing us to see. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy and prevents the light rays from passing to the retina.
  • Cataracts usually form slowly, and people experience a gradual blurring of vision.

Types of Cataract

Nuclear cataract: Cloudiness is present in the center of the lens.

Cortical cataract: Cloudiness is seen in the outer peripheral or cortical region of the lens.

Subcapsular cataract: Occurs at the back of the lens capsule or subcapsular region. This develops faster than the nuclear and cortical cataract.

Cataract Treatment Options Include

The development of a cataract is common in aged individuals due to related changes that occur in the structure of the lens proteins. Cataract can also be inherited or can develop in infants as a result of infections in the mother during pregnancy. Prolonged use of corticosteroid inhalers, eye drops, and excessive exposure to UV rays, X-rays and other radiation during radiotherapy can increase the risk of cataract formation.

Surgery is the only treatment for cataract and is recommended based on the severity of the disease and the impact it has on the daily activities of the patient. It is performed one eye at a time with a few weeks gap in between the two operations.

Cataract Surgery FAQ

How long does a cataract surgery take?

The cataract surgery procedure is performed in less of ten minutes in most of the cases. Although a normal cataract is not an emergency, the medical recommendation now is the sooner the surgery, the faster procedure and recovery.

Are the Cataract surgeries painful?

All our surgeries are performed under anesthesia, so the patient does not have pain at all and the time of the procedure is very short.

When will I recover my vision for normal performance?

Depending on the evolution of the cataract. Normal procedures may take 2 or 3 days.

If I have cataract in both eyes, should I have both surgeries done the same day?

We do not recommend performing both surgeries the same day. We recommend waiting until the first eye has good vision to perform the second eye. Usually, it takes less than 1 week.

Should I need to change the lens in the future?

No. The intraocular lenses are made of synthetic materials and they stay for life.

Are there any possible side effects or complications?

Cataract surgery in Dubai is the most frequent intervention in ophthalmology and the procedure with the greatest overall impact on the quality of life. It is normal to have some light disturbances as blurred vision due to inflammation or pupil dilation and dry eye sensation during the first days. Severe complications are rare and can be avoided with proper patient selection, correct surgical indication and adequate postoperative care.

Our Cataract Surgeon

Dr. Miguel Morcillo, MD
Cataract and Refractive Surgery Consultant

Cataract Surgery

Once the blurred vision interferes with the patient activity, the only solution is surgery.
Nowadays, the Cataract surgery is simple and safe and performed under local anesthesia, it takes less than 10 minutes and the visual recovery is very fast in most of the cases.
The natural opaque lens is removed and it should be changed for an artificial lens to give the eye the ability to see again.

Which intraocular lens to choose? Monofocal or multifocal?

There are two kinds of implants: monofocal or multifocal.
Monofocal lenses are designed for excellent far vision and we will need glasses for near vision.
Monofocal lenses are also advised in cases with other ocular problems (glaucoma, retina)
Multifocal intraocular lenses currently are designed to have three main focus: far (driving), intermediate (computer) and near (reading). The objective is to reduce your dependence on glasses after the surgery. This kind of implant is recommended in eyes with no other ocular pathology.

The Eye surgeon in Dubai will advise the right implant for each case, depending on eye examination, patient requests and activity considerations.

How long does it take a cataract surgery?

The cataract surgery procedure is performed in less of ten minutes in most of the cases. Although a normal cataract is not an emergency, the medical recommendation now is the sooner the surgery, the faster procedure and recovery.

Are the Cataract surgeries painful?

All our surgeries are performed under anesthesia so the patient don’t have pain at all and the time of performance is very short. Most surgeries are performed under topical anesthesia. The eye surgeon will assess you about this.

When will I recover my vision for normal performance?

Depending on the evolution of the cataract. The sooner, the better. Normal procedures may take 2 or 3 days. In very few cases, can be later but the refractive surgeon will tell you before.

If I have cataract in both eyes, should I have both surgeries done the same day?

We do not recommend performing both surgeries the same day. We recommend waiting until the first eye has good vision to perform the second eye. Usually, it takes less than 1 week.

Should I need to change the lens in the future?

No. The intraocular lenses are made of synthetic materials and they stay for life.

Are there any possible side effects or complications?

Cataract surgery in Dubai  is the most frequent intervention in ophthalmology and the procedure with the greatest overall impact on the quality of life. It is performed worldwide and is considered a safe surgery. It is normal to have some light disturbances as blurred vision due to inflammation or pupil dilation, dry eye sensation, visual adaptation, sensibility to light, night halos or brighter lights during the first days. All of them tend to decrease in some days. Severe complications are rare and can be avoided with proper patient selection, correct surgical indication and adequate postoperative care.

Cataract curiosities

Sir Harold Ridley was the first to successfully implant an intraocular lens on 29 November 1949, at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
It is said the idea of implanting an intraocular lens came to him after an intern asked him why he was not replacing the lens he had removed during cataract surgery.

The intraocular lens did not find widespread acceptance in cataract surgery until the 1970s when further developments in lens design and surgical techniques had come about.

The estimated number of surgeries worldwide by 2010 (for cataract surgery) by the World Health Organization was 20 million per year and has projected increased IOL surgeries to reach 32 million worldwide by 2020.

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