How is cataract treated?
In the course of a lifetime, the risk of age-related cataracts increases. Other causes can also trigger the clouding of the lens of the eye. In any case, the change in the eye leads to increasing visual impairment, which should be treated in order to maintain the quality of life of those affected.
Ophthalmologist diagnosis: Cataract
From the age of 50, the risk of cataracts increases. Patients with metabolic diseases such as diabetes can be affected earlier.
Regular check-ups by an ophthalmologist make it possible to detect and treat cataracts at an early stage.
We take a lot of time to thoroughly examine the eyes. This is how the cataract can be identified quickly. The eyes are also checked for other pathological changes.
Following the examination, we will discuss your diagnosis with you and find the right treatment for you.
Treatment for cataract
In the early stage of cataracts, visual impairments can be eliminated or alleviated with optimally fitted glasses. This treatment is particularly suitable if the visual impairment is still weak.
If the impairment in everyday life becomes too strong and really affects the patient’s quality of life, it is possible to remove the cloudy interior of the eye lens during an eye operation and replace it with an artificial lens.
When is the time for cataract surgery?
Patients and doctors decide to have cataract surgery when the lens opacity is advanced and those affected are severely impaired by the visual impairment.
What happens during cataract surgery?
During cataract surgery, the clouded inside of the eye lens is removed. Then an artificial lens is inserted. The clouding in the eye has then disappeared and ideally the patient can see clearly again.
How long does it take to heal after cataract surgery?
In the first 24 hours after the operation of the eye, an eye patch must be worn to protect the lens. As a rule, patients are on sick leave for two weeks after cataract surgery, depending on the individual healing process.
It can take a few weeks before the maximum possible visual acuity is fully achieved. This depends on various factors, such as personal healing power, basic eye health, but also on the type of operation and the artificial lens.
Does the health insurance company pay for cataract surgery?
In the case of a cataract, the health insurance usually pays the costs for diagnostics, for the replacement of the natural lens with an artificial lens, and for the necessary upstream and downstream treatments. Special requests regarding the lens quality can result in additional costs. Talk to your health insurance company.
Can cataracts come back?
After cataract surgery, the eye is considered healed. The artificial lens can remain in the eye, it does not have to be replaced. A recurrence of lens opacity is not to be expected.
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