“The commonest causes of blindness were untreated cataract (58.6%)”
– National Eye Survey II in Malaysia (2014)
What is cataract?
“Your eye is like a camera. It requires a clear lens to focus and produce a good image. But when the lens gets dirty or cloudy, the camera cannot take a good clear picture.”
Cataract is due to clouding of the clear natural lens that blocks the light from passing through the eye, resulting in a poor quality vision. Cataract is the most common cause of decreased vision among people over the age of 60 years old.
What are the types of Intraocular Lens (IOL) available at PMELC?
When should I check my eyes for cataract?
Ideally, when you experience blurring of vision or reduction of your visual performance, you should get your eyes checked as this may be an early symptom of cataract.
Can patients gain their sights back by wearing glasses?
Glasses can temporarily help in patients with some types of mild cataract. Eventually, cataract surgery is still the definite way to treat it.
A small incision is made at the peripheral cornea
Removal of the natural lens
An IOL is inserted. The incision is closed and adhered without using stitches
- Significant lifestyle improvement
- Better quality of life
- Reduction in risk of injuries and accidents related to poor vision