What is cataract?
Cataract means that the lens in the eye has become cloudy. As a result, the light rays are, with the aid of which the lens forms an image on the retina, disturbed in their gradient. The result is that you see worse and less sharp.
Cataract can have a rapid or slow development. The development is not accompanied by pain or inflammation.
The most common complaints are:
- blurred vision (near and far)
- less distinct contours
- double vision
- duller color perception
- see less contrast
When to treat cataract?
If you start to see bad due to cataract, surgery is the only solution.
In cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist replaces your clouded lens with a clear artificial lens.
Before surgery you will be installed with mydriatic and anesthetic eye drops. This makes sure you don’t feel any pain during the surgery. Through an incision of 2.2mm. at the edge of the cornea by means of phacoemulsification (ultrasonic vibrations) your lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens. You’ll wear your own clothes and be sat down in a comfortable chair in the operating room.
After the treatment
After the treatment you will get an eye bandage with eyecup in order to prevent infection and irritation. The eyecup stays on for one night. The next morning, you can remove the eyecup and start with your eye drops. At your appointment at the eye hospital you’ll be provided with a prescription for the eye drops. These drops have to be started two days before surgery and over the course of 4 weeks you have to drip 3 times a day. As soon as you feel good you can leave back home. You may not yet drive yourself or independently participate in traffic.
The day after the treatment you will come for the check-up on the agreed time.
A Second check-up will be about four weeks after surgery.
After this appointment, you can, if necessary, get adjusted glasses at the optician.
Recovery from the visual acuity after the operation
The day after the operation, the picture will be significantly brighter. The sharpness of the sight the day after the surgery does not necessarily has to be optimal. This can become better in the course of a few days or weeks. The artificial lens will last a lifetime and not wear out.
The risk of complications during or after the procedure is small. However as with any surgery there is a chance to develop an infection or bleeding after cataract surgery. We only use disposable instruments in order to minimize the risk of infection.
What is Posterior Capsular Opacification?
The own lens is housed in a thin package (capsule). In a cataract surgery, the anterior part of the capsule is removed and the cataract removed. Thereafter, an artificial lens is placed back in the capsule. After a cataract operation the rear part of the capsule which can become cloudy, whereby the sight decreases gradually. In such a situation you speak of Posterior Capsular Opacification.
Laser treatment of Posterior Capsular Opacification
What is a laser? (Yag-laser)
A laser emits a very thin, bright and pure light beam. Through a microscope, this light beam can be directed in order to make a fire spot in the eye or to cut tissue. Because of the extremely thin light beam, it is possible to work with great accuracy. Laser beams do not have anything to do with X-rays or radioactivity. The laser treatment is always done on an outpatient basis. The only thing you notice is that the laser makes ticking sounds. The treatment is painless. After the treatment, the Posterior Capsular Opacification won’t come back.