What is Cataract?
Cataract is a gradual clouding of the crystalline lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Even if it affects people of every age, cataract often develops in the third age (60 years).
Which are the symptoms of Cataract?
Due to the clouding of the crystalline lens, a small quantity of light reaches retina; as a consequence, vision and reading result to be vague and confused.
Other symptoms are:
– difficulties in reading small types (i.e. newspapers);
– trouble driving, especially at night;
– troubles with bright lights and halos around light;
– blurry vision.
What should I do if I suspect I have a cataract?
If you suspect you have a cataract, you should reserve for a medical examination in order to have an expert evaluation.
What should I expect from a cataract surgery?
It is a day surgery: during surgery, your eye is completely anaesthetised so that you can’t feel pain. Surgery usually takes about 10 or 20 minutes. Patient arrives one hour before and waits for 45 minutes after surgery before going home. Patient must not drive after the operation, but he will be probably able to drive for next day examination.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery consists in removing the damaged crystallin and replaced it with the implant of an artificial lens in the eye. In Fioravanti’s center we use phacoemulsification, a modern cataract surgery in which the eye’s internal lens is emulsified with an ultrasonic handpiece and aspirated from the eye. Before the surgery, a biometry exam for Intra Ocular Lens power calculation has to be done.
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