Cataracts: causes, treatment and results

Written by: Dr. Philip Tsiplakos De Cavali
Published: | Updated: 12/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The anterior segment of the eye, that is, the part that goes from the most superficial layer, the transparent cornea, to the posterior part of the lens, which would be the equivalent of the objective of a camera, may be the epicenter of different alterations of the Eye and vision, among which the most frequent is, with great difference, the cataract.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are the opacification of these natural lens-optics of the optical system. The intervention of cataracts, that is to say, their surgical extraction, respecting the transparent capsule and the transparent membrane that surrounds it, and placing inside the latter a transparent artificial lens, by means of microsurgery techniques, is the most frequent surgical intervention today, Among all the surgical interventions of the human body.

Causes of cataracts

Cataracts can appear by age. As the years pass, you are more likely to have cataracts due to wear and tear.Cataracts may also appear due to metabolic causes such as diabetes or congenital causes due to infection during pregnancy.Cataracts can also be produced by direct trauma to the eye, by intoxication or by inflammatory processes or other syndromes or pathologies.

Cataract surgery

Cataracts have to be treated by a specialist in Ophthalmology. The technique used to remove the opaque lens is called phacoemulsification. This technique consists of making a small incision that will serve as an opening to eliminate the cataract slowly. Once removed, the surgeon will introduce an intraocular lens where the lens was.The results of cataract surgery are very satisfactory, patients who opt for tri-focal or multifocal intraocular lenses achieve excellent vision after surgery and do not have to wear glasses from near or far.

 

 

 

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By Dr. Philip Tsiplakos De Cavali
Ophthalmology

Reference in Ophthalmology, Dr. Tsiplakos of CAVALI is the Director of the Institut Visió Girona, headquartered in Gabinet of Diagnosi. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Institut Oftalmològic of Girona Onyar located in the Clinic. He has completed doctoral studies and completed his residency at the prestigious Barraquer Clinic of Barcelona. Author of numerous publications, has attended several times to congresses on the specialty of national and international level.

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