What are the Treatment Options For Cataract?
Surgery is the only treatment for cataract and is recommended based on the severity of the condition and the impact it has on the daily activities of the patient. It is performed one eye at a time with a few weeks gap in between the two operations. The different types of cataract surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, under local anaesthesia.
What are the Different Types of Cataract Surgery?
Phacoemulsification uses ultrasound vibrations to break up the eye’s damaged lens. Your surgeon will make a small incision of about 3-5 mm on the side of the cornea, and insert a device to break up and suction out the lens. The lens will be replaced by a man-made lens. The incision heals on its own and does not require any eye patch or stitches. This surgery takes less than 30 minutes.
Microincision Cataract Surgery (MICS)
Microincision cataract surgery (MICS) is a minimal invasive cataract surgery, performed by making an incision of less than 1.8 mm. The lens is removed by the phacoemulsification procedure and is implanted with a MICS intraocular lens. MICS is associated with decreased post-operative complications such as corneal aberrations (scratch on the corneal surface) and corneal astigmatism (irregular curvature of the cornea).