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Know about Cataract

What is Cataract?
Cataract is a natural clouding of the clear natural crystalline lens in the eyes. This is a normal outcome of the aging process but may also result out of trauma to the eye, heredity or diabetes. It is because of heredity that one sees infantile cataracts in some newborn babies.

Symptoms of cataract
Whatever the cause, cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light.


Treatment of cataract

The only treatment for cataract is surgical intervention through which the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. A cataract can be operated at any stage. In India, there is a myth that cataract's should only be operated when "mature". This may actually lead to complications.

Cataract surgery
Cataract surgeries are microsurgeries and are broadly categorized into two:

a. Extra capsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE): This involves removing the cloudy lens in one piece leading to a large incision of 10 to 12 mm on the eye. Through this incision, the artificial lens is also implanted and then the cut is sutured.

b. Phacoemulsification (Phaco): This is the latest advance in cataract removal wherein a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the eye through a cut of 3.2mm or less. This probe breaks (emulsifies) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently sucks these out of the eye. The surgeon then implants the replacement lens through this cut.

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Cataract Services at SCEH

  • Nine self-contained air-conditioned examination rooms fitted with high end examination units.
  • Medical expertise to handle Small incision cataract surgery, Extra-capsular cataract surgery and Phaco-emulsification techniques.
  • Two operation theatres dedicated to cataract surgery with high end microscopes and other support infrastructure.
  • In a year, upwards of 4000+ cataract surgeries are done.

Cataract Specialists at SCEH