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Cataract Services


Malabar Eye Hospital is fully equipped with most modern technology for sutureless cataract surgery. Department of cataract surgery has made great progress in last few years. We have dedicated state of the art operation theatres and specially trained staff. The cataract is one of the leading cause decreased vision and blindness in India. It can be cured by micro incision cataract surgery which is performed using advanced technology in a very short time. The machines that we use can be used for latest micro coaxial Cataract Surgery (MICS) or removal of cataract through sub2mm incisions.

We offer our patients latest IOL technology including Restore and Tecnis Multifocal and astigmatism correction Toric IOLs. We also offer Latest multifocal IOL with astigmatism correction(multifocal Toric IOL). To minimize calculation errors in implanted IOL we use immersion biometry.



What is cataract
  • It is clouding of the natural lens, which prevents light rays from reaching the retina.
  • Initially, a change in glass power may help.
  • Later will have to undergo cataract surgery.

Causes of Cataract

Ageing is the most common cause of cataract. Every person gets it sooner or later, especially people over 60yrs of age. Other causes include diabetes, injury, usage of certain medications, and secondary to other eye diseases such as uveitis and glaucoma. Cataracts can occur early in diabetes, myopia (short sight) and as a hereditary predisposition.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CATARACT ?

  • Painless, gradually progressive blurring of vision.
  • Double vision or seeing multiple images.
  • Trouble with seeing in poor light conditions and sometimes in excessive sunlight.
  • Sensitivity to glare, making night driving difficult.

When to do surgery
  • It mainly depends on the person undergoing surgery.
  • Whenever the cataract affects vision to a degree that it hampers the person’s daily activities (reading, driving, playing golf etc.), surgery should be considered.
  • During surgery the normal lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an intra- ocular lens which lasts lifetime.

Surgical Options
  • Surgery can be performed manually through 5- 6 mm wounds called SICS (Small Inscision Cataract Surgery).
  • Phacoemulsification is at present universally accepted as the standard of care for cataract surgery.
  • Ultrasound energy is used in phacoemulsification to break up the cataract (emulsify) into microscopic fragments which can be sucked out of the eye.

What is MICS ?

  • The surgical wounds have progressively become smaller and now the latest technique is “Micro-coaxial Phacoemulsification” or MICS.
  • MICS is phacoemulsification of the cataract through a wound of 2.2 mm or less, with implantation of an intra-ocular lens through the same wound.
  • Trouble with seeing in poor light conditions and sometimes in excessive sunlight.
  • Wound healing and refractive stabilization is faster in MICS than in traditional phaco.

OPTIONS IN INTRAOCULAR LENSES (IOL)
  • The majority of the IOLs implanted are mono-focal. They can focus light rays from one particular distance only. Normally distance objects are clear and one needs glasses for reading.
  • Intra ocular lens can be rigid or foldable. Foldable lens will need smaller wounds to insert.
  • Other lenses are Multifocal IOL which can correct both distance and near vision and Toric IOL which correct the astigmatism.