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Eye Health – Cataracts

Dr. S.S. Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Ipoh Echo’s Eye Health Series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr. S.S. Gill talking to us about Cataracts.

Checking for Cataracts

You will find that going for an eye check to see whether or not you have cataracts may take longer than you think! Firstly, it would entail you reading off a chart placed at a distance to find out how well you see. The eye doctor will then use a bright light (slit-lamp) to check the front part of the eye (anterior segment) in order to look for other eye problems that you may have such as dry eye, eye infections or eye diseases.

A special stain (fluorescein) will be instilled into your eyes and then using a special instrument called a tonometer, the eye pressures will be checked. This is an important step to find out whether you have glaucoma or not since blinding diseases have to be controlled before embarking on a cataract operation.

Remember to take a pair of sunglasses along with you when you go in for an eye examination. In order to determine the extent of cataracts, a full eye examination would require some special eyedrops to be instilled several times into eyes in order for the pupils to dilate. This is because the lens (which becomes opaque to form a cataract) cannot be viewed well until the pupils are dilated.

White cataract

The whole process of dilating your pupils may take anywhere from 30 minutes for a healthy person’s eyes to sometimes up to 90 minutes for some. There is no short-cut to this part of the eye examination.

Once your pupils are dilated, be prepared for some bright lights which will be used in order to examine the eyes. This part of the eye examination may be uncomfortable for some patients who may be more sensitive to glare from the bright lights used to shine into your eyes but rest assured it won’t kill you!

The retina (nerve at the back of the eye) will also be examined and it allows the eye surgeon to predict on the visual outcome following cataract operation.

Following the doctor’s verdict on whether you have a cataract or not, the sunglasses you brought along will now come in handy as you make your way home.

Should you have a cataract, it does not mean you have to go for a cataract operation immediately on the same day, much less on the same week! It is never a life and death situation unless of course you are half-blind. So, do not be hasty. It is important to make sure that medical problems like diabetes mellitus and hypertension be well controlled before embarking on surgery. Always inform the doctor about any underlying medical problems, past surgeries, previous traumas and current medications that you may be taking as some adjustments may need to be done before cataract surgery.  The next step would be to select the appropriate intraocular lens to suit your visual requirements.

Dr. Gill will discuss more on Cataracts in the next issue of the Ipoh Echo.

For more information, contact Gill Eye Specialist Centre at 05-5455582, email: gilleyecentre@dr.com or visit www.fatimah.com.my.