Cataract is an eye disorder clouding the normally clear lens of the eye. This clouding prevents light from passing through the retina, and the patient feels like he or she is looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. It is a common eye disorder that complicates the life of many people, but it can be easily removed.
The incidence of cataracts increases with age, and it mostly affects patients aged 60 to 75. The most common cause of cataract is aging of the lens due to changes in its composition and size. Symptoms include blurred, worsened and distorted vision, both near and far, and sensitivity to light.
Cataract cannot be removed only by surgery, and there is no other way to treat it.
Cataract surgery, including the basic intraocular lens, is fully covered by all public health insurance companies.
The surgery is completely painless, and thanks to modern medicine and the latest technologies, it is now one of the safest surgeries ever; it practically doesn't require any major limitation of the patient before and after the surgery. The surgery in the course of which an ophthalmologist replaces the clouded lens with an artificial one is performed on the outpatient’s basis. The procedure itself takes only 15 minutes, it is completely painless and the patient can see already the next day after the surgery.
The patient should not unnecessarily postpone the surgery; he or she should undergo the surgery when the cataract appears. It is not recommended to postpone the surgery because in older cataract the lens is more affected, harder and more difficult to remove, and the surgery can thus be more difficult.
We specialize in cataract surgery, and we have a lot of experience with it. We have successfully performed more than 60,000 surgeries, which demonstrates the obvious trust of our patients. Our patients appreciate the excellent results, as well as the family environment of the clinic and the professional but human approach of the entire staff.
At our clinic, we use the most modern technologies that are used worldwide to provide even greater comfort and safety for the patients:
In the course of the surgery, the human lens is replaced by an artificial one. The intraocular lens remains in the eye for a lifetime and is not replaced, so the patient has only one choice of how he wants to see the world after the surgery. In the Eye Centre Prague we offer high-quality intraocular lenses from the American manufacturer Lenstec.
Mono-focal lenses improve near or far vision, depending on the patient's choice; the patient still has to wear glasses for the other distance.
In premium cataract treatment, the patient may choose special eye lenses and get rid of glasses. The patient can choose from:
Although your cataract was diagnosed by your ophthalmologist, it is also necessary to undergo a comprehensive examination before the surgery at our clinic. This examination is a guarantee of the best result.
The pre-operative examination takes about 1.5 hours. During the examination, we will find out your anamnesis, ongoing condition, dioptric defects, intraocular pressure, as well as examination of eyes and eye background by “dilation of the pupil using eye drops”. At the end of the examination the doctor shall explain the course of the surgery in detail and recommend you the most suitable surgery method and the type of intraocular lenses. Please, bring your glasses for the examination, as well as the list of medicines you take. You do not need a recommendation from your ophthalmologist. After the examination, you will not be able to drive for several hours.
There is no need to worry about the surgery. It is performed in an outpatient basis, meaning you will leave the clinic on the day of the surgery. The surgery takes about 15 minutes and it is completely painless because the eye is anaesthetised by drops. The eyelid will be held by a special fixator in the right position. The fixator avoids blinking, so you do not need to be afraid of endangering the surgery by blinking. During the entire period of preparation as well as during the surgery itself, the nursing staff will do their best for you to feel safe and comfortable.
In the course of the surgery, the surgeon will make just a small cut (only 2.2 mm) and he or she injects a surgery gel into your eye. The gel is to protect the eye structure from damage during the entire surgery. By a special instrument - an ultra-sound phaco-emulsifier – he or she crushes the human lens and removes it by suction. After the removal of the lens, an artificial lens is implanted into the eye. Due to really small size of the wound, the eye heals up very quickly, easily and by itself. After the surgery, the patient has the eye covered by a sterile plaster until the next day. After the plaster is removed, the patient can see normally.
The surgery of the other eye is usually performed within 2 weeks.
After the surgery, you book an appointment for the post-operative examination within three days after the surgery. The examination will take place either at our clinic or at your ophthalmologist.