What to expect with cataract surgery?
FOR those who are still in the dark about what cataract is, it is when the natural crystalline lens in our eye becomes cloudy and cause blurring of vision. It is usually an age-related problem even though other reasons can cause it to occur. The most common symptom of cataract is reduced vision although some people may experience faded colour perception or glaring and frequent change in glasses prescription.
If you think you may have developed cataract, don’t worry as it is treatable. To treat cataract, the only way is to remove it and replace it with artificial lens. The method of removing the cataract is by using an ultrasound technology known as phacoemulsification – this procedure involves a very small incision hence it ensures a fast recovery.
You can also choose your artificial lens as it can be monofocal or multifocal, and with or without astigmatism correction depending on your eye. In short, this is a procedure that removes the cataractous lens and corrects any refractive power at the same time.
The question about when it is the right time to go for treatment is highly dependent on each individual because the absolute indication is when the cataract is severe enough to affect your daily activity.
In addition, there are also certain conditions that may indicate that you need to do the treatment early, so get your eyes checked and discuss it with your eye consultant. It is generally a safe procedure and the risk of permanent damage causing the loss of sight is only 1/1000.
In conjunction with World Sight Day 2015, KPJ Centre for Sight will be having a Cataract Awareness Public Talk to create vision health awareness to the public. The talk will be held from 11am to 12pm at KPJ Centre for Sight in Rawang. For more information, call 03-7804 4051 (KPJ Taman SEA), 03-4022 6222 ( KPJ Tawakkal Health Centre) or 03-6093 1051 (KPJ Rawang).