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.
What is Cataract?
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, and is usually diagnosed in middle and old age. EuroEyes offers the cataract treatment on an outpatient basis using highly advanced methods. 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.
Die Grauer Star Operation
Cataract Treatment StepsPreparing the Eye 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. Removing the Lens 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. Implanting the Artificial Lens Der Operateur setzt die neue Linse mit einem Injektor in das Auge ein. Die Linse entfaltet sich und wird vom Operateur in der leeren Linsenhülle richtig platziert. Sie kann ein Leben lang im Auge bleiben und kann entweder monofokal oder multifokal sein. Da eine Monofokallinse nur einen Brennpunkt hat, ist der Patient nach der Operation noch auf eine Brille angewiesen. Eine Multifokallinse hingegen hat mehrere Brennpunkte. Sie ermöglicht scharfes Sehen in unterschiedlichen Entfernungen und so ein brillenfreies Leben.
The Advantages of Multifocal Lenses Compared to Monofocal LensesThe 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.
Additional Technical Details About the Multifocal LensThe 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.
1. Personal, Non-binding Consultation:
- All relevant eye parameters are measured
- We determine what the best method of treatment is for your eyes
- Examine your eyes to make sure you are a suitable candidate for the treatment
2. A Thorough Medical Preliminary Examination
- The examination usually lasts about two hour
- Intensive ophthalmic preliminary examination and measurement of your eyes
- Our Specialists in ophthalmology will explain every detail about the treatment
- Before this preliminary examination you must not have worn soft contact lenses for one week and hard contact lenses for two weeks
- Please note that after the examination you will not be safe driving a vehicle–neither car, nor motorcycle or bicycle. We therefore recommend that you take a cab or public transportation
- At the examination you will receive a after-care set for the days after your treatment. The medication and content will be explained in detail by our staff
3. On the Day of the Treatment
- We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes on the day of treatment
- You can eat and drink normally on the treatment day, but please do not smoke
- For hygiene reasons, it is also important that you wash your face thoroughly prior to treatment, completely remove makeup, and avoid perfume
- Outpatient surgery, anesthetic eye drops, no bandage, and sunglasses are recommended
- The total duration of the laser eye treatment for both eyes: approximately 25 minutes
- You are not allowed to drive a vehicle after the procedure
4. After Your eeCataract Treatment
- Do not rub your eyes in the days after treatment
- Antibiotic eye drops are to be used in the first weeks
- Artificial tear eye drops to be used as required
- Resume work after 2 – 4 days as needed
- No sporting activities for 3 days
- No swimming or sauna for 2 weeks
- Examinations after 1 day – 1 week – 1 to 3 months
- Driving can be resumed after approx. 1 week
The Causes of Cataracts
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.
Cataract: One of the World’s Most Common Eye DiseasesThe 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.
EuroEyes has Long-term Experience with Cataract TreatmentsWith 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® Revolution
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. First of all, patients benefit from greater accuracy, higher safety and painless surgery.
Frequently asked questions about the cataract surgery
Due to local anesthetic eye drops, you will only feel a light pressure during the treatment. Rarely, minor pain can occur after the treatment and is expressed through tears and foreign body experience.
The preparation time is about 20 – 30 minutes, the treatment itself (where the laser is in use) generally only lasts a few minutes. The entire stay at the clinic is about 1.5 – 2 hours.
No, you will neither feel it, nor be able to see the intraocular lens. There are two different types of Phakic Intraocular lenses: anterior chamber lenses and posterior chamber lenses.
The costs of a laser eye treatment fully or partially are covered by some private health insurance companies. It is best if you contact your health insurance directly, to find out more about this. Generally, the statutory health insurance unfortunately does not cover the cost of laser eye surgery.