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Cataract is a physiological aging of the intraocular lens. This is actually no disease. With advancing age the lenses in the eye become opaque. Statistics say at 75 years of age there is a cataract rate of 100%.
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How are cataract surgeries done?
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed out-patient surgery in the world. Surgery can be either done with topical anaesthesian (eye-drops) or general anaesthesia. Usually the lens is liquified with ultrasound and aspirated (phako emulsification).
For higher precision and more convenience cataract can also be done with the Femtosecondlaser. Advantages are: higher precision, more comfort, faster rehab and possibility to reduce existing or induced astigmatism.
At AOZ Heidelberg we offer both cataract surgery methods.
After surgery with one of the methods mentioned a new intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted by the surgeon.
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Intraocular lenses (IOLs)
A cataract surgery replaces the opaque lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). It is the patients choice, if the replacement is a standard or a premium lens.
Standard intraocular lenses are of good quality, but offer no added value.
Types of premium lenses:
Different patients have different needs. Those can be met with the right choice of surgery and lens.
In Germany standard cataract surgery is covered by German statutory health insurance. Some insurances even cover premium lens or multifocal lens surgery, even with Catalys Femtosecondlaser. Ask your insurance agent.
Make your choice
At the AOZ Heidelberg you can opt for the following:
Standard cataract surgery
You get a classic phako- surgery with a spherical implant. Important: Your focal point will be corrected for distance. It is possible that you will still need to wear glasses.
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