Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Normally, the lens of your eye is clear. A cataract causes the lens to become cloudy, which eventually affects your vision. As cataracts grow, they can cause more symptoms. You could have dim or blurred vision. You may also have double vision when you look at things through the eye with the cataract. These problems can make it hard to read, work on a computer, and do anything else that calls for clear eyesight. You may have poor night vision and find it harder to drive when it's dark. You may be sensitive to glare from headlights. People with advanced cataracts can even fail the vision part of a driver's test. If you have any of these symptoms, Cataract surgery is the solution for you.
Thankfully, modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today and the vast majority of these procedures produce excellent visual outcomes. Cataract is a type of surgery performed on an outpatient basis, which means you don't have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract surgery is quick, painless and produces great results thanks to the latest technology we have here at Medlife Group in Turkey. Often patients describe their experience as life-changing, with better quality of life.
One of the most important part of the procedure involves an in-depth health check of your eyes. We will make a comprehensive eye examination for you here. This is a painless test to measure the size and shape of your eye. This way, we can choose the best type of artificial lens (intraocular lens, or IOL) for you. IOLs are made of plastic, acrylic or silicone. Some IOLs block ultraviolet light. Some IOLs are rigid plastic and implanted through an incision that requires several stitches (sutures) to close. However, many IOLs are flexible, allowing a smaller incision that requires few or no stitches. These lenses improve your vision by focusing light on the back of your eye. You won't be able to see or feel the lens. It requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. A variety of IOLs with different features are available. Before surgery, you and our opthalmologist will discuss which type of lens would be more suitable for you and your lifestyle.

After cataract surgery, expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your vision may be blurry at first as your eyes heal and adjust after the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a Cataract come back after surgery?

The lens in your eye that cataract grows is replaced during Cataract Surgery. And that's why cataracts can’t grow back. Also, The intraocular lens (IOL) does not require maintenance or replacement.

2. Will I feel pain during Cataract surgery?

During the surgery our surgeon will use local anesthetic (numbing eye drops), so you will not experience any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, you may feel a slight soreness in your eye. But the use of suggested pain killers can relieve this discomfort.

3. Are there risks involved with Cataract surgery?

No surgery is risk-free and cataract surgery involves risks like every surgery. However, complications are extremely rare and Cataract Surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries in the world.

4. Who usually gets Cataracts?

A cataract develops because of the natural aging process. Patients over 55 have a risk of developing cataracts in their eyes. With the increasing age of the patient risk of getting cataracts increases.

5. Is Cataract surgery the only treatment for Cataracts?

In the early stages process of cataracts can be slowed down by the use of prescribed glasses. However, Cataract surgery is the only way to remove the cataract from your eye and improve your vision.

How Does Process Work?

  • First Day: Our team will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and they will take you to your hotel in a VIP vehicle. And you check in to your hotel and you will have the rest of the day to yourself.
  • Second Day: Our team will pick you up from your hotel and take you to get your pre-op test that will be made by our eye doctor. After all the pre-op tests our eye doctor will begin the Cataract Surgery, and the operation should take around 15 minutes. After the operation as a caution, you will stay in the hospital for about an hour. After that our team will take you to your hotel for your rest.
  • Third Day: On this day you will visit our eye doctor after surgery check ups and our doctor will remove bandages from your eye.
  • Fourth and Day: These days are your free days. You can enjoy and explore the beautiful city of Izmir. And you can benefit from some of the extra services that we offer to our patients. Some examples of the extra services we are a cultural tour to the ancient Greek city Ephesus or a beach trip we have close to the Izmir that you can enjoy the beautiful Aegean sea and sun.
  • Sixth Day: Our team will take you from your hotel and again you will get an examination from our doctor about your other eye. And after the tests, our doctor will perform Cataract Surgery on your other eye. After that our team will take you to your hotel for your rest.
  • Seventh Day: On this day you will visit our eye doctor after surgery check ups and our doctor will remove bandages from your eye.
  • Eighth Day: This is your last day in İzmir, after your check out from your hotel room our team will take you to the airport for your departure.
Pre-Op Instructions

  • Do not wear facial makeup.
  • Wear comfortable and warm clothes.
  • Make sure not to eat anything after midnight on the night before your surgery or in the morning of your cataract surgery.
  • Only medications for heart, blood pressure or seizures can be taken the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. If you wear eye glasses, you may bring them with you.
  • Please shower and bathe before your surgery. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably a short sleeve shirt with buttons in the front. No undershirts please. Do not wear make-up. You may brush your teeth but do not swallow.
  • Leave all jewelry, purse and other valuables (cell phones, laptops etc.) at home. Remove all piercings.
  • If applicable, please wear your hearing aids and/or dentures u After cataract surgery, expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your vision may be blurry at first as your eyes heal and adjust after the treatment.nless directed otherwise.
Post-Op Instructions

  • Do not rub your eye.
  • You may feel like there is something in your eye. There isn’t, but you can feel the incision until it smooths itself out. You’ll have some discharge out of your eye. It is OK to gently tease that away with a washcloth.
  • You should resume your regular diet and all medications after surgery.
  • Normal daily activity is fine, such as walking or light reading. Nothing strenuous or jarring for one week, such as lifting heavy weights, bending all the way over, golfing, jogging, or tennis for at least the first 3 or 4 days.
  • You may take showers or baths after the first day, but take care not to get water or shampoo in the operated eye.
  • Wear glasses or shield during the day and your shield at night for one week after surgery. This can be your old glasses or sunglasses.
  • Hold your glasses with your thumbs covering the tips of the temple when you put them on to avoid poking your eye. Dark glasses will probably be more comfortable.
  • Mild pain is expected and this can be relieved with certain medications. Please advise us first. Avoid certain medications. The patch may be loosened if aching persists.
  • Do not drive a car while the eye is patched.
  • Air travel is okay after the first day.
  • Avoid activities that require full concentration for 24 hours after your operation.
  • Walk cautiously, especially while wearing a patch or shield.
  • You may notice a difference in the way you see colors. This is to be expected. Your cataract altered the colors. Now that it is gone, the correct colors are coming through
  • You’ll have some unusual visual sensations. You may see “shimmering,” streaks, flashes of lights, or other unusual things. Don’t let this alarm you. This is normal for the first week.
  • Don’t swim. It’s best to avoid swimming or hot tubs for a week after surgery.
  • Stay away from dusty areas.
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