Cataract Surgery in Bahrain

What is cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells die they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate causing the lens to cloud, making images look blurred or fuzzy. For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging. In fact, they are the leading cause of visual loss among adults 55 and older. Eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes and alcoholism have also been known to cause cataracts.

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear and focuses light into the back of the eye. When a cataract develops some of this light is blocked out and or scattered. As this cataract develops, it becomes harder for a person to see.

Most people with cataracts have a cataract in both eyes. However, one eye may be worse than the other because each cataract develops at a different rate.

2. What Are the Symptoms of a Cataract?
Here are some signs of a cataract:

  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision.
  • Changes in the way you see colours.
  • Problems driving at night because headlights seem too bright.
  • Problems with glare from lamps or the sun.
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.
  • Double vision.
  • These symptoms also can be signs of other eye problems.

3. How is a Cataract Treated?
A change in your glasses, stronger bifocals, or the use of magnifying lenses may help improve your vision and be treatment enough. With time glasses will no longer work. The way to surgically treat a cataract is to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial lens.

Just because you have a cataract does not mean it must be removed immediately. Cataract surgery should be put off until you are no longer satisfied with the way you see. We don’t do cataract surgery on eyes that see well.

Most people have plenty of time to decide about cataract surgery. Your doctor cannot make your decision for you, but talking with him can help you decide if you are ready for surgery on not.

4. Can a Cataract Return?

A cataract cannot return because all or part of the lens has been removed. However, in about half of all people who have extra capsular surgery or phacoemulsification, the lens capsule becomes cloudy. This cloudiness of the lens capsule, if it occurs, usually develops a year or more after surgery. It causes the same vision problems as a cataract does. The treatment for this condition is a procedure called Yag Capsulotomy. The doctor uses a laser (light) beam to make a tiny hole in the capsule to let light pass. This surgery is painless and does not require a hospital stay. Most people see better after YAG Capsulotomy

5. Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?

Most people who have a cataract recover from surgery with no problems and improved vision. In fact, serious complications are not common with modern cataract surgery. This type of surgery has a success rate of 95 percent in patients with otherwise healthy eyes. If you have a cataract in both eyes, experts say it is best to wait until your first eye heals before having surgery on the second eye. If the eye that has a cataract is your only working eye, you and your doctor should weigh very carefully the benefits and risks of cataract surgery.

When you should call the surgeon immediately:

  • Sudden loss of vision.
  • Increase in the intensity of the pain that you used to have after the surgery.
  • Increase secretions from the eye.
  • A sudden redness that was not exists after the surgery.
  • A direct hit to the eye.

Call Dr. Haifa Eye Hospital on +973 17 25 25 74 or +973 17 26 14 14 for an appointment.


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20 Jun 2017

By Primedia International BSC(c)
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