Cataract Surgery in Ludwigsburg, Germany
GMC reference number 4252124
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. By age 65, about half of the human population has a cataract, and by age 75, almost everyone has a cataract. However, cataracts are highly treatable, and through advances in both cataract surgery and (IOLs), more people are experiencing full restoration of their vision than ever before.
Phacoemulsification In phacoemulsification, your surgeon removes the cataract but leaves most of the back layer of the lens (lens capsule) in place. To do this, your surgeon makes a small incision — about 2.2 millimeters (mm), long — where the cornea meets the conjunctiva and inserts a needle-thin probe. Your surgeon then uses the probe, which transmits ultrasound waves, to break up (emulsify) the cataract and suction out the fragments. The lens capsule remains in place to provide support for the lens implant.
Once the cataract has been removed by either phacoemulsification or extracapsular extraction, a clear artificial lens is implanted into the empty lens capsule. This implant, known as an intraocular lens (IOL), is made of acrylic . You won't be able to see or feel the lens; it requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye.
Recent advances in IOLs include blue-blocking lenses, which filter out ultraviolet light. Other types of IOLs provide multifocal vision — being able to see things both near and at a distance. Multifocal lenses offer reasonably good near and distance vision. Latest technology offers multifocal IOLs with even correction of astigmatism.
After the procedure
With phacoemulsification and foldable lens implants, surgical incisions are very small, and sutures may not be necessary. If all goes well, you'll heal fast and your vision will start to improve within a few days.
You'll typically see your eye surgent the day after your surgery.The following week and then again after a month to monitor healing you should be seen by your eyedoctor back home to monitor healing.
Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon, and most can be treated successfully.
Cataract surgery risks include: