A cataract is the clouding or opacity of the lens inside the eye, causing gradual blurring of vision and glare. In a normal eye, the lens is clear and helps focus light rays onto the retina, allowing us to see. However, when a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy, preventing light rays from reaching the retina. As a result, the picture the retina receives becomes dull and fuzzy. Cataracts usually form slowly, and most people experience a gradual blurring of vision.
Unfortunately, cataract symptoms usually worsen over time, and there are no medicines that can improve or slow down the effects of cataracts. If your cataract is mild, you can choose to monitor it with regular check-ups instead of having cataract eye surgery. However, when the cataract progresses to the point of interfering with daily activities or lifestyle, even with up-to-date glasses, cataract surgery may be the next step. Modern cataract surgery is highly successful for the majority of patients, but like all surgeries, it carries some risks, which your consultant will discuss with you.
We understand the importance of making an informed decision about your vision correction. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation. Once you have discussed your personalized plan with your doctor, the full cost of your cataract treatment will be confirmed. The basic treatment package will range between £999 and a maximum of £1899 per eye, including take-home medication and all post-operative appointments. The variation in price is due to the different lens options available, tailored to meet your individual needs. See pricing page for details.
For added convenience and comfort, we offer an optional Premium service package at an extra cost of £299. This package includes airport-hotel-hospital transfers and a 3 or 4-star hotel stay with breakfast (single or double occupancy) for 3 nights.
During your initial consultation, you will undergo eye tests and provide a full medical history to ensure you are suitable for treatment. Your doctor will discuss your lens preference and inform you of any potential cataract surgery complications. In our hospital, we can perform your initial consultation and operation on the same day.
Cataract surgery is a quick procedure, taking less than 15 minutes in most cases when performed by our experienced surgeons. You will receive eye drops to anesthetize the eye, along with mild sedatives to make the procedure as painless as possible. Depending on the severity of the cataract, the surgeon may use femtolaser and/or ultrasound to remove the cataract.
You will receive instructions for your cataract surgery aftercare following your operation, along with information about follow-up appointments. Cataract surgery recovery times vary for each person, but generally, there is a fairly quick recovery time, approximately 3-4 days. During your cataract surgery recovery, it is normal for your vision to take a few days to improve. Your eyes may also feel sore, scratchy, and light-sensitive during this period. You will have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops to help with your cataract operation recovery, typically starting the day after surgery. Cataract surgery is performed on a day-care basis, meaning you will be admitted to the hospital, have the operation, and be discharged home on the same day. Therefore, you should be able to return to work a few days after your operation, depending on your occupation. If your job is physically demanding, you may require a longer recovery period.
Following surgery, you should be able to:
– See things in focus
– Look at lights without experiencing glare
– Tell the difference between colors more easily
EyeTravelTurkey is a trusted medical travel provider owned and operated by Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital, a modern and reputable eye clinic located in Izmir, Turkey. Since its establishment in 2000, Kaşkaloğlu Eye Hospital has been dedicated to delivering exceptional eye health services, maintaining the highest standards of care. As a private hospital, it is accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Health and holds TÜVRheinland ISO certification, ensuring excellence in patient care.
Most cataracts develop in adulthood due to the normal process of aging, causing the lens to harden and become cloudy. This age-related cataract is the most common type and can occur after the age of 40. Although most cataracts are age-related, there are other types, including congenital (present at birth), drug-induced (steroids), and traumatic (resulting from eye injuries). Cataracts are also more common in people with certain diseases, such as diabetes.
Once the cataract has been removed, it doesn’t come back. However, the thin membrane behind the new lens implant may become opaque during the first few months or years after cataract surgery, causing your vision to deteriorate. A simple laser treatment (YAG laser capsulotomy) can be performed to clear this membrane and restore clear vision. Approximately 1 in 5 patients may benefit from YAG laser capsulotomy after cataract surgery.
Ready to take the first step towards better eye health? Schedule your appointment today and let our experienced team of eye care specialists provide you with the personalized care and advanced treatments you deserve. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve clear vision and optimal eye wellness.
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