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Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an eye procedure performed to remove the eye's natural lens, and an artificial lens is replaced. There are three types of lenses used in cataract surgery. These include a mono focal lens (a standard type of lens used in the cataract removal), a toric lens (the lens used to correct refractive errors), and a multifocal or accommodating lens.

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My eye pressure fluctuates between 22 to 28. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female of 62 years age. I was operated for cataract five months back for both the eyes. As my cataract was only 20 %, but eye pressure was 22. My OCT was done, which showed no damage to nerves. My perimeter too is clear. No family history of glaucoma. I was put on various drops ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a practice that if perimetry is normal, one waits to start any antiglaucoma medication. The protocol is to graph your IOP (intraocular pressure) for 24 hours or IOP at different times of day repeatedly for a week, then one can decide if you have glaucoma or if yo...  Read Full »

Can I use progressive lenses instead of cataract lenses?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 49 years old now. I had a cataract surgery in both eyes three years ago. I was told that the formation of cataract was due to side effects of a steroid medicine. When the surgery was done, I did not opt for a progressive lens with cataract lens and power in both the eyes was the s...  Read Full »


Dr. Magalage Thilanka Kashyapa Perera

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Well, the difference of 0.5 spheres is acceptable in cataract surgery but the problem is the left eye being a plus. Usually, we aim for a postop minus 0.5 in an eye because it will ...  Read Full »

How to treat cloudy vision after cataract surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, In case of cloudiness and pains at night after cataract surgery, what should be done? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. David J. Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After a cataract surgery, the patient is put on a steroid and antibiotic drops to reduce the reaction in the eye, the swelling of the cornea if any and to prevent infection. You have mentioned that you experience cloudiness and pain at night after cataract surgery. I...  Read Full »

A male patient had an eye check-up. Does he have cataracts?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 76-year-old male. I am uploading eye check-up report. Kindly advise on the following: Is cataract shown in the report? Is cataract operation required immediately? Is retina covered in the checkup? Any other observations by you?  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are early changes of cataract in both eyes but still, the patient's vision is totally correctable with the glasses prescribed. So, no need for cataract surgery as of now maybe a year down...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use antihistamines after cataract surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to get help for a friend who had laser cataract surgery last year. She has Lastacaft eye drops that she would like to use and would like to know if it is alright to use.  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lastacaft (Alcaftadine) eye drops is an antiallergic drug. It usually should be used only after the advice of your doctor. If your friend suffers from ocular itching, then it is alright to use it. It will not have any side effects on the cataract surgery, but make su...  Read Full »

I have a retinal issue. What treatment should I undergo?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 54 years old. I am a diabetic patient since 24 years. I have a retina problem in both the eyes. I had a laser surgery in both my eyes two years ago. It was repeated last year with three injections of Avastin and this year, the laser surgery was done only in the right eye. But, I c...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have diabetic edema and diabetic retinopathy in the eye. From what I have seen, the left eye is fine but, the right eye is still swollen. The laser treatment w...  Read Full »

My mother has cataracts. What are the treatment options?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is suffering from rapidly progressive kidney disease, for which she has been on Prednisone for the last four months. As a side effect of the drug, she is developing cataracts in her eyes. She usually wears prescription glasses, but recently her eyesight improved, and upon examin...  Read Full »


Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. One of the side effects of steroids is cataract formation. As you said, it is in the early stage, and it need not be operated. It may take years to become a mature cataract. As for the prevention of cataracts: there are no proven methods o...  Read Full »

My daughter has coloboma. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has coloboma of the iris, lens and nerve in both eyes. She also has cataracts in both eyes. Is there any treatment? What advice you would like to give to my daughter?  Read Full »


Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We can check the size of the cornea and eyeball. Then, we have to remove the cataract with surgery and if possible, the lens must be implanted. We may need to start patching therapy after surgery. All these steps have to be taken under guarded visual prognosis. Do not w...  Read Full »

Can someone with high blood sugar get cataract surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My 68-year-old mother has cataracts in her both eyes. She is advised to have a cataract surgery in her right eye. But her blood sugar level is 150 mg/dL at fasting and 190 mg/dL postprandial. Her HbA1c is 8.8%. We are confused whether cataract operation can be undertaken with this suga...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For any surgery be it cataract surgery or any other, blood sugar levels are needed to be in control. Fasting less than 110 mmHg and postmeal less than 140 though levels you have mentioned are not so high. The problem is your mother's HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) is 8....  Read Full »

Far sight has not improved post cataract. What can be done now?

Query: Hello doctor, My Mother underwent a cataract procedure. After the procedure, we were informed that there was some complication while doing the procedure and they have to do another retina surgery. The same happened next day. It has been more than three weeks but there has not been any remarkable imp...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes, complications happen in cataract surgery also. It is mentioned in the medical literature that there is zonular dialysis this makes a little tricky surgery. This makes lens weak and there are chances of particles of lens going back towards the retina. But t...  Read Full »

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