Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed with local anaesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The crystalline lens content that has lost its transparency is replaced by an intraocular lens to obtain a perfect optical correction of the eye.

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Cataract Surgery in Spain

A cataract is a progressive opacity of the crystalline lens, which is the lens inside the eye that allows us to focus images on our retina. When the opacity becomes more significant, you begin to notice that your vision is blurred and looks like a permanent fog, making it difficult to carry out daily tasks, leading to progressive vision loss.

In Spain the usual surgical technique for cataract removal is phacoemulsification, which is performed through a micro incision. The phacoemulsifier terminal allows the cataract to be emulsified and aspirated. The aspirated crystalline lens is replaced by an intraocular lens to achieve perfect optical correction.

This surgery is performed in the operating theatre under local anaesthesia. It is also a short operation, lasting approximately 10-15 minutes.
It is also a short-term operation, lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. It is performed in the operating theatre under local anaesthesia and, as it is an outpatient procedure, you can return to normal life in a short period of time.

The prognosis for cataract surgery is good, recovery is quick and constant advances in this procedure have made it one of the most successful interventions.

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    Treatment characteristics

    This surgery may be needed if you have problems reading, watching TV, driving or working on the computer, or if you have blurry vision and your daily activities are restricted due to poor eyesight.

    This procedure is usually performed with topical anaesthesia to numb the eye and usually requires 20-30 minutes.

    The intervention consists of:

    Using ultrasound waves to break the cataract into small fragments (phacoemulsification).

    A millimeter incision is made to suction out the fragments.

    Place the intraocular lens (IOL). This will replace the eye’s natural lens.

    About ten minutes after the operation, the doctor will give you the necessary guidelines to assist your recovery and after care at home.

    Please bare in mind that both eyes cannot be operated at the same time.

    After a few days, you can be certain that your overall visual acuity has improved and you will regain your perception of shapes and colours.

    If you are able to stay in Spain for the entire recovery process, you should remain for about 8 weeks to fully recover. But if you have to return to your country earlier, you can do so 20 days after the intervention. You must always strictly follow the instructions given by the doctor.

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    Advantages

    • The procedure is minimally invasive and is performed with just a few drops of anaesthetic.
    • The procedure takes 10-15 minutes.
    • The visual recovery is magnificent. If the right lens is implanted, it is possible to drive and even read the newspaper without glasses.
    • It is one of the most commonly carried out surgical procedures in medicine worldwide, as well as one of the safest in the hands of a skilled surgeon.
    • Once cataracts have been removed, they do not reappear, so it is not necessary to undergo cataract surgery again.

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!​

    After treatment

    • After cataract surgery you should wear sunglasses and maintain proper hygiene.
    • After cataract surgery, it is necessary to apply medication in the form of eye drops for the first few weeks to control eye inflammation.
    • No driving and avoid strenuous physical activities as well as reading for at least a week (this will depend on your progress).
    • You should strictly follow the instructions given by your doctor.
    • It is very important that your ophthalmologist carries out regular check-ups after cataract surgery to monitor the state of your retina and intraocular pressure.
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you.

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