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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract is derived from the Latin word ‘cataracta’, meaning ‘waterfall. Cataracts cause an overall decrease in vision, contrast sensitivity loss, and reduced colour vision. It appears as though you are looking though a waterfall. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens inside your eye. A normal lens is transparent allowing light to pass through to the back of our eye.

Cataracts occur when the intra-ocular lens in your eye becomes dull and light is unable to pass through as easily. This intra-ocular lens grows throughout your whole life and becomes thicker with white opacities up to a point where you can no longer see clearly with spectacles. Cataracts have several causes. Although the precise cause is unknown, most cases of cataract formation are associated with aging.

Causes of cataracts

  • Trauma
  • Previous eye surgeries
  • A family history of cataracts
  • Certain medications (e.g. cortisone)
  • Metabolic diseases like diabetes
  • Genetic abnormalities

Facts about cataracts

  1. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.
  2. People of all ages can develop cataracts
  3. They are a common cause of vision loss in older patients.
  4. They can develop painlessly
  5. Exposure to the sun can increase your risk of developing cataracts
  6. Avoiding certain risk factors can cut down your risk of developing cataracts
  7. It is possible to be born with cataracts

Types and symptoms of cataracts

The specific symptoms of cataracts may differ slightly between the types of cataract you may have. There are 3 types and they are:

  1. Nuclear sclerotic – This type of cataract begins at the nucleus of the eye and is the most common form of cataract.
  2. Cortical – This type of cataract starts from the outer most layer of the eye. Diabetic patients are at a higher risk of developing this type.
  3. Posterior subcapsular – This is a fast-developing cataract that is caused by the build-up of protein fibres in the back of the lens. High risk individuals include those who use steroids, diabetic patients, and people with extreme nearsightedness.

Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • An increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry or clouded vision
  • Noticeably hazy pupils
  • Double vision in the affected eye or eyes
  • Difficulty seeing in low light areas or in the dark
  • Seeing halos or glares around lights
  • Double vision
  • Colours are seen as faded
  • The need for brighter light during the day

About cataract surgery at Kloof Eye

Cataract surgery is the most common, and one of the most perfected surgeries in the world. The procedure usually lasts about 20 minutes and is a completely painless procedure. It is very safe surgery that enjoys a low rate of complications. Our experienced cataract surgeon at Kloof Eye will replace the dull intra-ocular lens in your eye with a clear artificial intra-ocular lens.

With the technology available at Kloof Eye, the focus of this new intra-ocular lens can be manipulated to suit your personal needs. Focus can be made for distance or near vision, or a premium trifocal or bifocal can be inserted. This will make you less dependent on spectacles. With the Zeiss Cataract Suite, we can also correct astigmatism resulting in clear, comfortable vision.

Your eye health is important to us. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and decide to have cataract surgery, our eye doctor will discuss the risks and benefits to help you make an informed decision. We are here to help you achieve your vision goals through cataract surgery.

Why choose us?

If you are seeking expert ophthalmic speciality services, choose Kloof Eye. Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality outcomes for all patients who enlist our services. We have a strong commitment to providing personalised eye care and passion for helping you enjoy better eye health.Now you don’t have to live with deteriorating vision caused by cataracts. With our qualified ophthalmologists performing your cataract surgery, you can rest assured you are in safe, expert hands. Kloof Eye is equipped with the latest technology ensuring you receive the highest standard of eye care and surgical precision.

We believe that your vision should be entrusted to specialists in the field. Get in touch with us today for precise, premium cataract surgery that is safe and effective. Should you be experiencing symptoms of cataracts, we are here to help. Kloof Eye offers full eye health examinations for adults and children.