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While individuals aged 60 and above are typically considered more at risk for cataracts, even younger individuals can also be susceptible to this condition. 

Cataracts occur when the natural lens within the eye becomes clouded or discolored, leading to a disruption in the passage of light to the retina. As a result, the images sent to the brain appear dull and blurred. 

Everyday activities like reading, gardening, golfing and night driving can become difficult due to cataracts. In addition, cataract sufferers often experience bothersome glares, halos around lights, and even monocular double vision.

Early intervention and cataract treatment in our Dubai clinic using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, can minimize the risk of permanent vision problems.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a condition where the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or discolored, interfering with the passage of light to the retina. This causes the affected individual’s vision to appear blurred and hazy.

While cataracts can develop in young people, the condition is predominantly associated with the natural aging process. As we grow older, the lens inside our eyes undergoes gradual changes. In our younger years, the lens is soft, flexible and transparent. However, around the age of 45, the lens begins to stiffen, change its color, and may become cloudy, often resulting in the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

As the aging process continues, these changes in the lens persist. Blurring and sensitivity to glare can worsen over time, eventually reaching a point where stronger glasses no longer provide adequate vision correction. At this stage, a cataract eye operation in Dubai becomes necessary to restore clear vision once again.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?
  • Blurred or distorted vision.
  • Halos or glare around bright lights.
  • Loss of color perception (especially shades of blue).
  • Loss of depth perception.
  • Night blindness.
  • Eye fatigue and headaches.
  • Monocular double vision – in one or both eyes when there is occlusion in the second eye.
What’s the treatment for cataracts?

– Stronger eyeglasses​. Up to a point, stronger eyeglass prescriptions can adjust for vision changes due to cataracts. However, clouding (opacity) of the lens cannot be cleared by eye drops, medication, eye exercises or laser treatment. Eventually, the only effective treatment of a cataract is the surgical removal of the clouded lens.

– Cataract Surgery. Modern cataract surgery in Dubai is recognized as highly successful, known for its consistent effectiveness and positive outcomes. In the field of ophthalmology, cataract surgery stands out as a widely performed procedure globally.

The operation entails removing the cataract with an advanced technique called phacoemulcification, or small incision cataract surgery.

After applying a local anesthetic, the cataract surgery doctor will make a stair-stepped incision of about 3mm to 4mm on the side of the front part of the eye. The cataract is then broken or emulsified into microscopic particles using highenergy sound waves. It will then be gently suctioned from the eye.

To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, a calculated intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye. The incision may then require one, several or no stitches. This type of incision is mostly self-sealing, stronger, heals faster and remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye.

What can I expect after a successful cataract surgery?

The healing process differs case to case, but many patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately after their cataract surgery in Dubai. Most patients return to their normal work and lifestyle within a day up to a week.

Many patients experience vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts. Once the cataract is removed, however, some patients may experience clouding again of a thin tissue called a capsule or “bag” that holds the IOL. In most cases, a laser is used to open the clouded capsule and restore clear vision painlessly.

What are the advantages of Intra-Ocular Lenses?
  • Elimination of contact lenses or thick cataract glasses.
  • Requires no care after the immediate postoperative care.
  • No restrictions on activities after recovery from the surgery.
  • More normal appearance after surgery.
  • Improved depth perception and ability to judge distances.
  • No interference with side vision.