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A cataract is a clouding of the lens and is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. The only treatment option is a cataract extraction.
The cataract is a medical condition where the otherwise clear lens in the eye becomes progressively cloudier. The cataract is the most common eye disorder in general, is usually diagnosed in middle and old age and becomes visible behind the pupil. EuroEyes offers the cataract treatment on an outpatient basis using highly advanced methods of lens exchange. The natural lens is replaced with a clear artificial lens (intraocluar lens), which is also referred to as a lens exchange (RLE). Generally, multifocal lenses or alternatively monofocal lenses are used for the correction.
This outpatient procedure typically lasts 15 minutes per eye. Eye drop anesthetics create a pain free procedure. The eye is opened with a key-hole incision in the corneal periphery that heals without a suture.
The fibrous capsule behind the pupil is opened in a circular manner and the eye’s now opaque lens core is removed. The capsule then functions as supporting tissue for the implanted artificial lens. Each patient receives a custom-made artificial lens implant that has lifetime durability.
The surgeon inserts the injector holding the artificial lens through the key-hole incision into the eye. The lens unfolds and is positioned into the vacant lens capsule. It can remain in the eye for a lifetime and can be either monofocal or multifocal. Since a monofocal lens has only one focal point, the patient is still dependent on glasses after the operation. A multifocal lens, on the other hand, has several focal points. It enables sharp vision at different distances and thus a life without glasses. The procedure restores clear vision and corrects for presbyopia and near-, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The cataract treatment can be carried out with mono-or multifocal lenses. Multifocal lenses have multiple focal points. The choice of a multifocal lens has one distinct advantage: after the cataract treatment the patient achieves a good vision up close and in the distance, without needing glasses. In contrast, monofocal lenses only offer one focal point and only improve the vision in either the distance or close up. You will therefore not become completely independent of glasses if you choose the monofocal lens.
The optics of the multifocal lenses used by EuroEyes are manufactured using the patented SMP technology: a special procedure that reduces a flare phenomena, that always occur in multifocal lenses, to an absolute minimum. The positive effect is less glare and less halos (light rims). Furthermore, the aspheric optics ensure an enhanced image quality and improved contrast sensitivity under reduced light conditions, such as at dusk or at night.To protect the sensitive retina, the lenses are fitted with an optional light protection filter in addition to a UV filter. In ophthalmology, this protection is used particularly for the prevention of macular degeneration (AMD) or for patients who are already affected by AMD.
The clouding is of the natural lens is caused by degeneration of the lens proteins due to light exposure and age-related changes in the metabolism, and leads to a progressive deterioration of vision. With cataracts, the light entering the eye can hardly pass through the lens. This results in a scattered light and an unsharp image on the retina. The outside world is perceived through a veil: only unclear and blurred, color and contrast sensitivity decreases significantly.
The cataract treatment is performed by a outpatient surgical replacement of the clouded natural lens, that is then replaced with a highly advanced artificial lens (IOL). With worldwide nearly 15 million procedures each year, the lens exchange is the most successful and the most common surgery in ophthalmology.
With Dr. Jørn Jørgensen, EuroEyes is led by a pioneer in the field of cataract surgery. In 1990 he was the first eye surgeon in Hamburg to perform outpatient cataract surgeries with a new micro-incision technique (phacoemulsification). Less than a year later, Dr. Jørgensen introduced the “no-stitch surgery”. Thus, EuroEyes has a unique and unmatched experience in the field of cataract treatments.
We have successfully performed several thousand cataract surgeries in our EuroEyes clinics.
The LenSx® femtosecond laser makes it possible to provide bladeless implantation of artificial lenses for cataract treatment – making revolution in this area. Several steps of the previous surgical method are combined in this laser lens operation and thus make the scalpel of the surgeon superfluous. The laser has two major advantages over the previous method. On the one hand, greater accuracy due to more precise positioning of the artificial lens during lens replacement. On the other hand, greater safety and painlessness thanks to high-precision laser cuts.
EuroEyes is one of the first hospital groups and competence centres for lens surgery in Germany to use LenSx® in the field of laser lens exchange and now offers it at many locations – once again demonstrating its pioneering spirit. Because only the most modern and most gentle methods correspond to the philosophy of EuroEyes: not only to correct your ametropia, but to constantly improve the quality of your treatment as well as the quality of your vision in general.
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ReLEx smile technology is a gentle form of laser vision correction that allows you to correct myopia. Therefore, corneal curvature is easily treatable with this method. During the procedure ReLEx smile the cornea opens with a small incision of 2 mm. A 3D disk (lenticular) that was previously prepared using a femtosecond laser is extracted through this “keyhole”.
This lenticule corresponds exactly to the weight and size of the corrected ametropia. The whole procedure takes about 32 seconds per eye. (For people aged 45-64: Femto-LASIK is medically possible, but we recommend using trifocal / multifocal lenses to prevent cataracts.) The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
For more than 20 years, implantable contact lenses made from Collamer® (abbreviated as ICL) have been the best solution for patients with severe ametropia or a damaged cornea. Unlike contact lenses, ICL remains permanently in the eye. These lenses are inserted between the iris and the own lens of the eye. The ICL in combination with the natural lens ensures that the light is correctly focused on the retina and that the patient can see again clearly without glasses. You are in good hands with us: EuroEyes has implanted the largest number of ICL contact lenses throughout Europe. The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
Femto-LASIK is one of the most reliable methods for correcting visual defects (enter the appropriate type of ametropia depending on the test result). To correct the refraction error using the Femto-LASIK procedure, a small round cap is separated on the cornea. During the Femto-LASIK procedure, the preparation of a corneal flap, also known as a flap, is performed using a femtosecond laser. The whole procedure is carried out without the use of mechanical cutting tools. The laser performs individual correction of ametropia and simulates the shape of the cornea. Then the flap is fixed in its original place. It adheres to the surface of the eye due to the strength of adhesion and protects the eye as an internal adhesive. (For people aged 45-64: Femto-LASIK is medically possible, but we recommend using trifocal / multifocal lenses to prevent cataracts.) The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.
Using trifocal / multifocal intraocular lenses, also known as artificial lenses, is a safe and accurate method for correcting presbyopia (enter the appropriate type of ametropia depending on the test result). The natural, more non-functioning lens of the eye, is replaced by an artificial lens (multifocal lens). The advanced artificial lens has several focal points, which allows you to see at different distances without glasses. These very well tolerated lenses can remain in the eye throughout the life of a person and not be visible. The refractive lens replacement procedure (lensectomy) is a tested and proven method. This method has been used for the treatment of cataracts for decades and is the most frequently performed type of surgery in the world. EuroEyes clinics performed the largest number of implantations of multifocal lenses worldwide. The result of this test is not a mandatory recommendation. During a personal detailed consultation and after a thorough preliminary examination, your doctor will determine the procedure that is most suitable for you.