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From Ophthalmological Institute ´Amigó´ have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of many eye diseases. Whatever your case will receive personalized treatment based on the characteristics of your eye, the defect type, age and their own expectations.

Cataracts

Cataracts

Ultrasound phacoemulsification permits immediate return to daily activities the day after the operation

Today, lens emulsification by ultrasound is the most frequently used technique to treat cataracts. The ultrasonicated and emulsified lens is aspired through a small aperture in the side of the eye that measures 1.5 x 3 mm.

The folded intraocular lens is then inserted and it opens out within the eye to correct the dioptre graduation of the original lens. Short sight, long sight, astigmatism and, depending on the case, even age-related presbyopia can be treated in this way.

As in all surgery, complications are possible but in our experience very unlikely. At the IOA we employ the OZil system combined with an Infiniti phacoemulsifier.

This system lowers the risk of the process even more than that entailed by other equipment, which means the possibility of major complications in cataract surgery does not reach 1 in 2000 cases operated on. The improvement in vision quality and consequently in quality of life is nowadays excellent.

If the patient does not mind using glasses for short-sight, excellent distance vision is normally attained without them. Nevertheless the desire to do without glasses altogether is more and more frequent; to enable this IOA is specially certified for premium treatment of cataract with the most advanced multifocal intraocular lenses.

What is a cataract?

In simple terms, it is a loss of transparency or increase in opaqueness of the lens of the eye. This natural lens is situated just behind the coloured iris and serves to focus the images just like the objective lens of a camera.

The lens gathers the light that enters the pupil, with all its range of colours, and focuses it on the retina at the back of the eye. This focused image is then sent to the brain for interpretation.

What causes cataracts?

Mainly, it is simply the passing of the years: the aging process, or otherwise damage or inflammation.

What are its symptoms?

A cataract may be the reason we see with blurred vision or difficulty in discerning images at night.

It can also mean our glasses or contact lenses are no longer serving their function properly.

When should it be operated on?

Initially the symptoms can be alleviated by changing one’s glasses to another graduation. When sufficient vision is no longer provided by the new glasses it is necessary to extract the cloudy lens of the eye and replace it with an intraocular lens of the same or more appropriate dioptre power.

A cataract is when the natural lens of the eye has clouded over and become opaque.

 Ojo sano.

Ojo sano.


A cataract is when the natural lens of the eye has clouded over and become opaque.

A cataract is when the natural lens of the eye has clouded over and become opaque.

Is it always necessary to implant an intraocular lens when operating on the cataract?

Currently such a new lens should always be implanted in all cataract surgery cases. The intraocular lens is necessary not only to obtain good visual quality after the operation but also to increase visual stability of the operated eye afterwards.

Is cataract operated by laser?

Not any more; it has been superseded by phacoemulsification by ultrasound, by far now the most utilised approach (see above).

The lens is then removed by aspiration through a small aperture in the side of the eye that measures 1.5 x 3 mm. The folded intraocular lens is then introduced and it opens out within the eye to correct the dioptre graduation of the original lens. Short sight, long sight, astigmatism and depending on the case even age-related presbyopia can be treated in this way.

(For more info on correcting presbyopia along with cataract, click here)

What anaesthetic is used?

Currently, the ultrasound phacoemulsification procedure permits immediate return to daily activities the day after the operation. You will be able to continue your tasks at home or work.

While you will be able to wash or lift objects normally, the only thing to avoid is hitting or poking the eye accidentally

How long need I rest afterwards?

Currently, the ultrasound phacoemulsification procedure permits immediate return to daily activities the day after the operation. You will be able to continue your tasks at home or work.
While you will be able to wash or lift objects normally, the only thing to avoid is hitting or poking the eye accidentally

What risks does this technique entail?

As in all surgery, complications are possible but in our experience very unlikely. To minimise them, at the IOA we employ the OZil system combined with the Infiniti phacoemulsifier.

This combination lowers the risk of the process even more than other equipment, which means the risk of major complications in cataract surgery does not reach 1 in 2000 cases operated on.

Will I need glasses after the operation?

The improvement in vision quality and consequently in quality of life is nowadays extraordinarily high.

If the patient does not mind using glasses for short-sight, excellent distance vision is normally attained without them. Nevertheless the desire to do without glasses is more and more frequent; to enable this the IOA is specially certified for http://www.ioamigo.com/en/servicio/cataract-premium-treatment/“>premium treatment of cataract with the most advanced multifocal intraocular lenses.

Click if you wish to find out about the premium treatment, which makes glasses unnecessary after the operation.

I am interested in having the operation, what should I do now?

Call our clinic on 34 922535971 and arrange an appointment with Dr Amigó for a pre-operative examination. This way you can establish if you are a suitable candidate for it, and what your realistic expectations are.

Cataract operation

Cataract operation

Operación de las cataratas

Cataract operation


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