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Eye Surgery for a Cataract

Updated on August 12, 2013

Normal Eye and Cataract Eye


A little bit of my experience with cataract surgery

I have had plenty of experience surrounding cataract surgery, prior even to my own Lasik Laser Eye Surgery. My aunty in England had it first the one then the other after. I had to put her drops in and do the cooking and everything else. Little did I know I would go through the same experience with first my Dad, now my Mom and even my uncle in-between them, now even one of my friends is having her one eye done, she had the first one done 7 years ago. Talk about me needing to learn something here, they say nothing in life is a coincidence; anyone got any idea what I have to learn about this experience? Please let me know if you can see what the life lesson for me is here?

Essentials on Cataract Surgery

A little bit of information about what cataract surgery really is

Cataracts are found in the aging population and is the major cause of visual loss, or from injury, inflammation, diabetes or use of cortisone.

What cataract surgery entails is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed opacification (sometimes called “crystalline lens). The Oxford dictionary’s definition for cataract is, “a cloudy area that forms on the lens of the eye and obscures sight”, comes from the Greek word “kataraktes” meaning down rushing. Behind the pupil is a little lens which focuses the light and gives a clear sharp image, this lens becomes cloudy, this hazy lens is called the cataract. Changes occur in the crystalline lens fibers over time where the cataract forms causing a loss of vision. The first symptoms are strong glares from lights at night, or seeing halos around lights, blurring of vision and not quite seeing the details.

The cloudy lens is removed and replace with a synthetic lens, medical terms intraocular lens implant. Where a small incision is made an intraocular lens is implanted into the eye. The incision is self-healing no stitches necessary. A technique with ultrasound vibration is used to break the lens into tiny pieces which can then be removed through the small incision.

The implant is placed behind the pupil and held in position by the capsule. These implants have been in use for more than 40 years, with great improvements over the years. The implants remain permanently in the eye, no care or replacement needed.

The ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) performs the cataract surgery during inpatient setting in a surgical ward or eye clinic. They use local anesthesia (topical, peribulbar or retrobulbar) causing little discomfort to the patient. It can be an anesthesia injection near eye, but first they put anesthesia eye drops in for half hour or so.

The operations are 90% successful in giving back vision. Done in day care, high volume, minimal invasive, small incision, and quick post-op recovery for cataract surgery all over the world.

My family and cataract surgery

My 87-year-old dad had his cataract operation last year on my birthday, yes what a way to spend your birthday. They first check all the vital signs, blood pressure, empty bladder all that then they start with the eye drops. One being the anesthetic drops, getting them ready for theatre, likes coats off. Taking off shoes, jewelry, putting on the lovely theatre socks and cap, the gown as well. Then off they wheel they to the theatre. My dad got an injection near the eye as well, I think my dad fell asleep for the first eye, must have been a bit difficult for the surgeons. My dad then had to go back the next morning for the check-up when they take the eye patch that they put over the eye off. One month later he had the other eye done, which he thought was going to be a piece of cake as he had fallen asleep the first time, but this time he felt it or saw them,

My mom had recently had hers done, May 2012 and then the other eye done a week later. She could read the bottom line with the eye examination afterwards. She was so happy the next morning when she could see the wall clock and realized she did not have glasses on in for the first time in 49 years. Wonderful people the eye clinic sisters and surgeons, quite organized they must do hundreds of these operations.

Affirmations from Louise Hay for Cataracts:

Louise Hay in her book “You Can Heal Your Life” has a section on affirmations and probable causes. For cataracts she says the probable cause could be: Inability to see ahead with joy. Dark future.

The affirmation for this is: Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to everyone moment.

Into the Light Foundation Durban South Africa

Another take on cataract surgery

My friend Alida had a cataract operation done 7 years ago on one eye and then recently like 2 weeks ago had the other eye done. She had an anesthetic done, where you are completely under, so she had the same as everyone else with the drops beforehand but then she went in a bed. She had to wait one hour after surgery like a normal anesthesia to see that all is okay. The normal cataract operation is a local anesthesia where you are conscious and can see what is going on. She was completely unconsciousness during the operation.

After care:

Some people experience tightness of the eye or dryness, you can get lubricating drops that contact lense people use to keep lenses lubricated. My mom uses the drops, she says her eyes get tired or itchy even tight sometimes.

Comments on your experiences or what I need to learn from this.

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank You Angela Brummer

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Really nice hub!