Cataract is the clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. It usually occurs as a part of the natural aging process but can also be caused by trauma, drugs, diabetes or hereditary causes. Cataract can affect newborns and infants as well either due to congenital reasons, maternal infections during pregnancy or metabolic disorders.
The only treatment for cataract till date is surgical intervention through which the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. Cataract surgeon can be operated at any stage. In India, there is a myth that cataracts should only be operated when “mature”. This may actually lead to increased risk of complications.
Delhi eye Centre uses the cutting edge technique of Phacoemulsification (microincision Cataract Surgery) with a foldable lens implant for Cataract Surgery. We use the latest generation phacoemulsification machine. In most cases it is a no stitch – no pad surgery leading to an almost immediate visual recovery. Therefore, no admission is needed and it is ‘walk in – walkout’ procedure.
Phacoemulsification is the latest technique in Cataract Surgery wherein a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the eye through a cut of 2.8 mm or less. This probe breaks (emulsifies) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently sucks these out of the eye. The Cataract Surgeon then implants the clear foldable artificial lens through this incision.