Cataracts is caused by a clouding of the eye lens, which can result in a loss of vision with which glasses, contact lenses and regular eye correction surgery are ineffective. The condition is generally associated with the aging process, and is often seen in patients over the age of 50. Modern cataract surgery in Turkey is one of the safest, most advanced procedures to help clear the clouding of the lens, and offers excellent visual outcomes at the end of the procedure.
Longevita’s surgeon has over 40 years of experience with international qualifications. He was trained in the USA and is a pioneer in his field.
Our hospitals are rated A+ by the Turkish Ministry of Health and accredited by JCI representing gold standards in hygiene and quality.
Longevita uses Bausch & Lomb’s VICTUS FemtoSecondLaser platform providing real time computerized accuracy and faster recovery.
Cataract surgery involves the cloudy lens of the eye being removed by incision and then the lens is replaced with an artificial lens, known as intraocular lens, in order to restore a clear vision for the patient. This process is known as extracapsular surgery. A second procedure, known as phacoemulsification, uses smaller incisions to help with faster healing and more advanced techniques for the procedure involve high-frequency ultrasound to break down the cloud lens which is then removed with a gentle suction.
At Longevita, we use the most advanced technology available in the country in the form of femtosecond lasers, in order to perform our cataract surgery in Turkey. These lasers reduce the need for surgical blades, therefore reducing any risk that hand-held tools cause. The lasers work similarly to the LASIK procedure for regular laser eye correction surgery, by creating a corneal flap to allow the surgeons to access the lens. This technology then removes the anterior capsule of the lens and fragments the cataract in order to remove it. All of our eye surgeons are some of the most sought after and highly qualified in the world, and are all put through a strict selection process. With over 40 years of experience with cataract surgery, and the most innovative, leading technology available for our use, you can be certain that you are in the safest of hands throughout the procedure.
|PROCEDURE:||Sharpen vision by remoulding the tissue of cornea (the transparent layer of tissue at the front of the eye) to change its curve|
|ANESTHESIA:||Local or local with sedation|
|SIDE EFFECTS:||Temporary discomfort, irritation, dry eyes/teary eyes, temporary sensitivity to light|
|RISK:||Double vision, severe light sensitivity, over or under correction of sight, infection|
|RECOVERY:||Visual settling time: 1 to 2 day(s) Back to work: 2 to 7 days|
|RESULT LASTS:||Usually permanent|
What are Cataracts?
Cataract is one of the most seen eye handicap in the world as well as in Turkey. People who are having cataract can not see objects very clearly. They explain their situation as if they are looking through a dirty windshield of a car or as if they wear foggy eye glasses. Cataracts patients complain about visual changes such as blurred vision, difficulty with glare (usually with bright sun and car headlights at night), cloudy colour vision, increased near sightedness which cause changing their eyeglasses frequently and usually experience double vision in one of their eyes. In the beginning stages of cataracts, changing the eyeglasses might help the patient have a better vision. However, as cataract becomes stronger resulting in cloudier vision, stronger glasses or contact lenses can not improve the sight quality of the patient. Therefore, in this situation cataract surgery becomes inevitable and the only treatment for the patient.
Cataracts are misty spots in the lens (the transparent structure at the front of the eye) which can cause vision blurred or cloudy and could be seen in one or both eyes. Gradually, the misty spots may get bigger. Since less light is passing inside the lens, patient’s vision becomes blurry or cloudy. Naturally, when lens gets cloudier, patient’s sight get cloudier as well. The common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Colours seem faded
- Glare – car headlights, lamps, or daylight may look as if it is too bright
- Low quality night vision
- Double vision in one eye (this symptom is clear when the cataract gets serious)
- Repeated prescription changes in patient’s eyeglasses or contact lenses
Cataracts symptoms can be detected through three different ways:
- Visual acuity test: This is classic eye chart test that measures how well patients see from different distances.
- Dilated eye exam: The surgeon places drops into the patient’s eyes to widen or dilate the pupils. Then with the help of a special magnifying lens, the surgeon examines retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and any other possible eye problems. After the examination, patient’s short distance vision might be blurred for few hours.
- Tonometry: In this method, the pressure inside the patient’s eye is measured and placing drops might be applied to the patient’s eye.
Cataract Surgery Options
There are two types of cataract surgery options, Phacoemulsification and Extracapsular surgery.
- Phacoemulsification, or phaco: A small cut is made on the side of the cornea which is dome-shaped surface that shelters the front of the eye. A small probe is inserted into the eye where Phaco releases ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction. Most of the cataract surgeries nowadays are done by phacoemulsification technique which is also called small incision cataract surgery.
- Extracapsular surgery: A longer incision on the side of the cornea is made and the cloudy core of the lens is removed in one piece. The rest of the lens is removed by suction. When the natural lens is removed, it is usually substituted by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that does not require any care and becomes a permanent part of patient’s eye. Light is focused clearly by the IOL onto the retina, providing better sight quality for the patient. Patient does not feel the new lenses.
How Cataract Surgery is Performed
In early cataract cases, eyeglasses, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can be used but in most cases these measures will not be sufficient enough and surgery needs to be performed. Cataract treatment involves removing the cloudy lens and placing an artificial lens instead. A cataract needs to be replaced only when sight loss reduces the quality of the vision during driving, reading, or watching TV. Drops are placed into patient’s eye to dilate the pupil. The site around the patient’s eye is washed and cleansed. The surgery generally lasts less than one hour and is almost painless. Most of the people choose to stay awake during the procedure. Others may want to be put to sleep for a short time. If the patient is awake, anaesthesia will be applied to numb the nerves in and around the patient’s eye. After the surgery, a patch may be placed over the patient’s eye. Patients will need a rest for a while. Most of the people can go home same day after cataract surgery.
Cataract Removal Results
Cataract removal is one of the most common surgeries performed in the world and in Turkey. It is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. Patients can return immediately to everyday activities, yet it should be kept in mind that vision might be blurry. The healing of the eyes needs some time to adjust so that one can focus properly, particularly if both eyes have cataract. Itching and mild discomfort are usual after cataract surgery. Patient’s eyes may be sensitive to light and touch. After one or two days, patient’s discomfort disappears. The doctor may request the patient to use eye drops to speed up healing and reduce the risk of infection. The patient may need to wear an eye shield or eyeglasses to help protect the eyes. Patients should avoid rubbing or pressure on the eyes. Healing is usually completed in eight weeks.
Cataract Surgery Limitations
It is not possible for some patients to have intra-ocular lens (IOL). For those, soft contact lenses or glasses that provide high magnification may be recommended.
Cataract Surgery Risks
As with any surgery, cataract surgery poses risks, such as infection and bleeding. Patients may be asked temporarily to stop taking some medications in order to reduce the risk of bleeding during surgery. Even though it is rare, cataract treatment slightly increases patients risk of retinal detachment. The symptom of a retinal detachment is a rapid increase in flashes or floaters. Floaters are little cobwebs or specks that seem to float about in the patient’s field of sight. If the patient experiences a sudden increase in floaters or flashes, she must see an eye specialist immediately. A retinal detachment does not cause any pain. Early treatment of retinal detachment often prevents permanent loss of vision.
Contraindications for Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is contraindicated in following patient groups:
- Coexisting ocular conditions (e.g., active proliferative diabetic retinopathy, rubeosis iridis, neovascular glaucoma, microphthalmos, buphthalmos)
- Preoperative conditions that may affect surgery (e.g., anterior uveitis, corneal guttata, diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, retinal detachment)
The eye surgeon explains you the surgery and examines you. You will have a few eye tests that are required for your surgery. Your surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. After LASEK or LASIK, you are advised on your medication and provided instructions on eye-drop routine.
Your doctor performs the second check-up concerning the condition of your eyes.
Day 3 & 4
You are advised to continue resting. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner. Your sight will significantly be improved at this point. Laser eye surgery recovery time is mostly over after this period.
Is laser eye surgery safe ?
Our hospitals are equipped with advanced femtosecond laser technology; therefore, our eye surgeons utilize the safest eye surgery technology.
Does laser eye surgery hurt ?
No, it does not hurt.
Am I going to throw away my glasses after laser eye surgery?
All of our patients did not wear their glasses or contact lenses after laser eye surgery. However, there is a very little possibility that patients will still need to wear contact lenses or glasses, but at much reduced degrees.
Effective Cataract Surgery In Turkey
Our Turkey cataract surgery is usually carried out in just 15 minutes, and our patients generally see results from the first day after surgery. Before the procedure, our expert surgeons will discuss your symptoms, examine your eye, and then discuss the best procedure to help remove the cataract. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures carried out in the country, and is performed at our JCI accredited hospitals, which have been A+ rated for hygiene and quality, and our top surgeon for cataract surgery is a member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Cataract Surgery Patient Review
Our top class facilities have access to some of the most advanced technology in the world, with femtosecond lasers being one of the key tools that we use for our cataract surgery in Turkey. After your surgery has been completed, you will have access to our 24/7 aftercare service throughout your stay in Turkey. Your final check-up in the country with our expert surgeons will be carried out one week after the surgery, and once you return to your home country our surgeons will keep in regular contact to ensure that your eyes are healing as they should be.
Here at Longevita, we offer unparalleled cataract surgery procedures, and understand that every case is different – therefore treating you with an individualised approach. Whether you have slight cataracts, or a severe case, our cheap cataract surgery in Turkey can provide you with the highest rated facilities and expert surgeons in the country, at a fraction of the price that you would pay for an identical treatment in the UK.
For more information regarding our Turkey cataract surgery, or for a free quote on our packages, contact us on 0845 5198 948.