Procedure for cataract at our hospital

A cataract is extremely common. It happens to most people as they get older, starting to develop in their 40s and 50s with symptoms becoming noticeable by age 60 to 70.

Cataract is naturally occurring “clouding” or “yellowing” of the lens in the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on someone’s face.

Then, as the cataract grows larger and it clouds more of your lens, it will distort the light passing through the lens, which will lead to more noticeable symptoms.

Blindness due to cataracts presents an enormous problem in India not only in terms of human morbidity but also in terms of economic loss and social burden. The WHO/NPCB (National Programme for Control of Blindness, Ministry of Health & Visual Impairment, Government of India) survey has shown that 12 million blind people in India, and 80.1% of these are blind due to cataract.

Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colours
  • Double vision in a single eye

Surgery is the only treatment for cataract. During cataract surgery, the eye surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens of the eye (cataract) and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL).

At Sankar Foundation Eye Hospital, we practice three main types of cataract surgical procedures

Three main types of cataract surgical procedures are in practice at Sankar Foundation:

  • Phacoemulsification (Or “Phaco”) Cataract Surgery with Foldable Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation
  • Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS).
  • Conventional Extra Capsular Cataract Surgery (ECCE).

MSICS and ECCE are both safe and effective techniques for treatment of cataract patients in community eye care settings.

  • State of the art technology for IOL power calculation, preoperative evaluation and in the operation theatre
  • Dedicated team of optometrists for pre-operative evaluation
  • Concept and technology-wise planning for sub-specialty cataract surgery