Cataract Surgery: A Clearer View of Life

A cataract is a common eye condition where the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, leading to a gradual decrease in vision. It can occur as a result of aging, genetics, injury, or other medical conditions. Cataracts can be treated with surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens called Intraocular Lens (IOL).


Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery can have a profound impact on your vision and quality of life, including:

• Improved visual clarity and acuity

• Enhanced color perception and contrast sensitivity

• Reduced glare and halos

• Increased independence and safety

• Improved overall well-being and quality of life


Disadvantages of Cataract Surgery

Although cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure, there are some potential risks and complications, including:

• Infection or bleeding

• Swelling or inflammation

• Retinal detachment or other vision problems

• Dislocation or malfunction of the artificial lens

• Glaucoma or other eye conditions


What is the difference between cataract surgery and RLE?

Cataract surgery and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) are similar procedures that involve removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an IOL. The main difference between the two is that cataract surgery is performed to remove a cloudy lens due to cataracts, while RLE is performed to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia. Additionally, cataract surgery is covered by insurance, while RLE is typically considered an elective procedure and not covered by insurance.


What are the Lens Choices for Cataract Surgery?

At CatchLife Eye, we offer a range of lens choices for cataract surgery, including monofocal, EDOF, and trifocal lenses. Monofocal lenses provide clear vision at one distance, typically for distance vision. EDOF lenses provide a range of clear vision, usually for distance and intermediate vision. Trifocal lenses provide clear vision at distance, intermediate, and near ranges, but may have more side effects such as halos and glare.


Who is a Good Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cloudy, blurry, or double vision, difficulty seeing at night, or increased sensitivity to light, you may be a good candidate for cataract surgery. It is important to discuss your options with Dr. Selim Güldiken and consider the potential risks and benefits before making a decision.


What to Expect During the Procedure?

During cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the eye and the cloudy natural lens is removed using a special ultrasound device. The artificial IOL is then inserted into the eye through the same incision. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and takes less than an hour to complete.


What to Expect During the Recovery?

After cataract surgery, you will be given specific instructions for your recovery. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and are able to resume normal activities within a few days. It is important to avoid rubbing or putting pressure on the eye, and to use eye drops as prescribed to prevent infection and promote healing.


Is Cataract Surgery Right for You?

Only a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with an experienced eye surgeon can determine if cataract surgery is the best option for you. If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Selim Güldiken.



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F.A.Q.

What causes cataracts?

Cataract use ussually caused by age-related changes to the lens of the eye


How is cataract surgery performed?

Cataract surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision in the eye and remove the cloudy lens, then replace it with an artificial lens implant.


How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform.


Is cataract surgery painful?

Cataract surgery is typically painless, as it is performed under local anesthesia.


How long is the recovery time after cataract surgery?

Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days of cataract surgery, although it can take several weeks for the eye to fully heal.


What are the risks of cataract surgery? As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with cataract surgery, including infection, bleeding, and problems with the artificial lens implant.


Can cataracts come back after surgery?

No, once the cloudy lens has been removed, it cannot develop a cataract again.


Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?

Most patients will still need glasses after cataract surgery, although the prescription may be reduced. However, with refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, patients can achieve clearer vision without the need for glasses or contacts. RLE replaces the natural lens with a premium lens implant that can correct a wide range of refractive errors, providing patients with clearer, sharper vision. Your ophthalmologist can help determine which procedure is right for you based on your individual needs and goals.


What types of lenses are available for cataract surgery?

There are several types of lenses available for cataract surgery, including monofocal lenses, multifocal lenses, and toric lenses.


Can I choose the type of lens I want for cataract surgery?

Yes, you and your surgeon can discuss which type of lens is best for your individual needs and preferences.


How long do the effects of cataract surgery last?

The effects of cataract surgery can last for the rest of your life.


How do I know if I need cataract surgery?

If you are experiencing vision loss or other symptoms of cataracts, you should see an eye doctor for an evaluation.


Can cataract surgery be performed on both eyes at once?

Yes, Cataract Surgery can be performed on both eyes at the same time but at CatchLife Eye we prefer to wait one day between each eye to ensure optimal safety and outcomes. This allows our experienced surgeon, Dr. Selim Güldiken, to carefully monitor your progress and ensure that each eye is healing properly before moving on to the next. This approach helps to minimize the risk of complications and maximize the chances of a successful outcome.