Dr Zoran Aleksic performs Cataract eye surgery, in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as treating multiple other eye conditions. Learn more about cataract surgery below;
What is a cataract?
The lens of the eye is made mostly of water and protein. The protein is arranged to allow light to pass through and focus on the retina. Sometimes some of this protein clumps together and starts to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it hard to see.
Although researchers are learning more about cataracts, no one knows for sure what causes them. Scientists think there may be several causes, including smoking and diabetes, or possibly it’s just age related. Scientists do know that a cataract won’t spread from one eye to the other, although many people develop cataracts in both eyes.
Cataract surgery is the procedure of removing your lens from your eye. Usually the lens is then replaced with an artificial lens.
Normally, the lens of your eye is clear, but with cataract this causes the natural lens to become cloudy, which will then affect your eye sight.
After having cataract surgery, the patient is not required to remain in hospital and can leave after surgery. Cataract surgery can be done either by using ultrasound energy or either laser-assisted technology, to remove the cloudy lens. Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the eye’s lens that can cause vision problems. The most common type is related to aging. More than half of all the people age 65 and older have a cataract. In the early stages, stronger lighting may lessen the vision problems caused by cataracts. At a certain point, however, surgery may be needed to improve vision. Today, cataract surgery is safe and very effective.
Learn more about Cataracts and cataract surgery in the below, or here and learn from Dr Zoran Aleksic, or consult the diagram below the video, illustrating what a healthy eye looks like compared to an eye with cataracts.
Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website | European Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society Website
A diagram of the eye with and without Cataracts