More than 160 million people worldwide are visually impaired. This can be characterized by blurry, distorted or tunnel vision, spots, or shadows. These eye problems are often caused by eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, or even cataracts.
The latter disease, cataracts, is usually treated with eyesurgery. It is a quick, low-risk procedure that helps patients regain their sight with an artificial eye implant.
- People with cataracts due to eye trauma, eye pathology, diabetes ..
- Vision loss
- The operation generally lasts 15 to 30 minutes
- Back to daily activities 4 days after the operation
- Final result one week after the operation
Cataract surgery procedure in Istanbul: Affordable cost
A cataract is a very common pathology, it is the first cause of blindness. It is characterized by progressive degeneration of the crystallin (the natural lens of your eye). The latter is transparent in the normal state, allowing the focusing of the light rays on the retina. The loss of transparency prevents light from passing through and the image becomes fuzzy.
Cataract in both eyes results in a decrease in visual acuity which is not corrected by glasses.
The only treatment for this eye defect is a cataract surgery procedure. It is the placement of an artificial lens inside of the cornea instead of the cloudy lens.
Cataract: causes, treatment, recovery & complications
The causes of the disease
Studies in Turkey have shown that the risk of cataracts increases with age. Indeed, it is related to lens aging. But, other factors contribute to its appearance such as genetic, nutritional, environmental factors (Long exposure to industrial pollution and UV light) ...
The other factors of this condition are:
- Eye trauma;
- Certain ophthalmological diseases (glaucoma, myopia, and uveitis);
- General diseases (diabetes, prolonged treatment of corticosteroids, Renal failure);
- Lack of calcium;
- Magnesium deficiency.
The operation procedure: The only therapeutic strategy
Without medical treatment, the only treatment for cataracts remains surgery. The operation should be done as soon as possible before progression to blindness. It is performed under local anesthesia in a sterile operating room.
The ophthalmologist makes a small incision of the cornea. Then, he breaks the cataract into several fragments using an ultrasound instrument. Finally, he extracts the lens with a probe and replaces it with an implant.
The choice of the latter is discussed according to the physical characteristics of the eye. Thus, there are several categories of implants; mono-focal, multifocal, accommodative, and toric
The lens that is used to replace the crystallin is the mono-focal lens. It is the most common type of lens used in cataract surgery.
Femtosecond Laser-Assisted (FLACS)
Femtosecond Laser-assister cataract surgery is a major technological innovation in eye surgery. The principle of this technique is to deliver very precisely ultrashort pulses. This would allow the fragmentation of the lens in an automated way.
This is a fundamental and delicate step of pre-treatment to prepare the eye for surgery.
FLACS is nevertheless limited by its:
- Expensive cost for both the care structure and the patient;
- A longer operating time;
- A much more delicate surgery.
The Complications of the operation during recovery
This surgery does not lead to many complications during recovery.
The first consultation with an eye doctor in Turkey is always scheduled the day after surgery. The ophthalmologist will search for acute complications like intraocular high blood pressure and postsurgical infection. Patients should have two control consultations after one week and one month after cataract surgery. You should inform the doctor of any discomfort felt including pain or redness.
To prevent infection, the ophthalmologist may prescribe antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, or antibiotic eye drops. People with diabetes may experience other complications, this is why an ophthalmological check-up is essential before the surgery.
Eye drops as an alternative
Scientists are developing a non-surgical treatment for cataracts, which is an eye drop called Lanesterol.
The next step will be to test these eye drops in humans. If the effects are favorable, it would represent a very interesting alternative to cataract surgery. The latter consists of removing the opaque lens and replacing it with an implant.
Lanosterol is a naturally occurring steroid that has a physico-chemical action to restore the opacified lens proteins. Experimental evidence remains to be demonstrated in humans. This treatment could become an alternative to surgery which is the only effective treatment until now.
Prices of the operation in Turkey & Istanbul
The prices of cataract surgery includes the operating room fees collected by the clinic or the hospital, and the surgeon's fees. It is interesting to note that Turquie santé will provide you with the cheapest cataract surgery in Istanbul, Turkey.
The reviews of our patients are available to help you decide. You can also have a free consultation and a personalized quote from the link below.
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During cataract surgery, the surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea. Then, he removes the cloudy crystallin, after having fragmented it into several pieces using ultrasounds. The crystallin is then replaced by an implant.
- Follow the treatment prescribed by the doctor (ointment and eye drops);
- Wear a pair of eye shields to sleep.
Showers and baths are authorized the day after the operation. However, be careful that there would be no contact between your eyes and the soap or water for two weeks. During this period, you should wash your hair by tilting your head backwards.
The normal sight of the patient would return two or three days after surgery.