Department of Ophthalmology

Put your Eye to the Keyhole
Anyone can see the benefits of keyhole cataract surgery over conventional cataract surgery, says Dr. Harshitha Bakshi

Cataract is the most common problem that requires eye surgery. Till date there is no drug which has been proven to treat cataract. Surgery to remove cataract is the only effective treatment. In conventional cataract surgery, the cataract is removed as a whole, therefore the size of the incision is large (12-15 mm) and needs 5-7 sutures. Now more advanced techniques have been developed.

Enter Phacoemulsification
This the current gold standard of cataract surgery. In this technique a 2.8 mm self-sealing tunneled incision is made through which a probe is introduced into the eye. The tip of this probe vibrates fragmenting the cataract into microscopic pieces which are aspirated out of the eye.

Injecting the Lens
Once the opaque lens of the eye has been removed by cataract surgery, a replacement for the lens is needed to restore the focusing ability of the eye. This is done by planting an artifical intraocular lens into the eye at exactly the same position from where the cataract has been removed. This becomes a permanent part of the eye.

Foldable intraocular lens of the eye have revolutionized cataract surgery, as they can be folded and injected into the eye through the 3 mm self-sealing tunnel incision made for the phacoemulsification procedure.

Thus minimally invasive cataract surgery because of the markedly smaller wound size and self healing wound which is secure even without sutures, offers the patient a host of advantages.

Clear Benefits
You can return to normal activity within hours of the procedure as opposed to a few weeks with conventional surgery.

The fast wound healing, minimally induced astigmatism and early stabilization of refraction, offer you quick and easy visual rehabilitation with better vision.