Cataract / cataract - operation

A cataract is a progredient clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.
It is most commonly due to biological aging but there are a wide variety of other causes. Senile cataract is caused by deposition of yellow-brown pigment within the lens and this, together with disruption of the normal architecture of the lens fibers, leads to reduced transmission of light, which in turn leads to visual problems.

Typical symptoms  are difficulty appreciating colors, changes in contrast, driving, reading, and problems coping with glare from bright lights.

Modern cataract surgery has made enormous progress and is therefore a relativ pain free and short operation. Typically it is done in topical anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Through a corneal microincision of 2,2mm the lense is removed (phacoemulsification) and an artificial lense (IOL) is implanted . By adapting the refractive power of the IOL a previous refractive error can be reduced nearly completely.

A previous ambulant consultation is mandatory.

The operation technique is discussed in detail, the different lense models can be explained, and after a complete eye check the power of the lense is calculated with the IOL Master from Zeiss. Thereafter the operation appointment can be made and the final documents for the operation day at the private clinic Confraternität Josefstadt (Skodagasse 32, A – 1080 Vienna) are send to you by post or eMail.