Cataract Surgery

At Tej Eye Centre we use topical (localized) anesthesia before cataract surgery that numbs the eye. Most patients feel only gentle pressure.

Most patients are safe to leave within 30 minutes after the surgery.

In most cases, the patient is able to see almost immediately following the surgery, although some patients experience clear vision after the effect of medicine is given.

You may need to wear glasses only to fine-tune your vision. These spectacles have normal lenses unlike thick lenses used in the past. If unifocal IOL is used, near vision glasses are almost always required.

Normal activities including walking, reading, writing, watching television etc. may be resumed soon after the surgery. However, during the first week after the surgery, it is better to avoid strenuous activities and avoid exposing the eye to water or dust.

There are absolutely no diet restrictions after phaco and you can continue with your normal diet. However, diet regulation is advised for patients who have Diabetes, High Blood pressure, etc. They must continue with their recommended diet plans.

The latest multifocal IOL are designed to provide good distance vision, intermediate and near vision. They reduce the patient’s dependence on glasses for routine activities. Unlike conventional IOL, it has multiple zones of different focal lengths that bring everything from near to far into clear focus. These lenses can be used only for suitable patients.

Your implant is a single-focus lens. If your lens was chosen for distance vision, you will need reading glasses for close range work. Some patients choose to have one eye focused for close vision so they can read without glasses. However, this may compromise distance vision. Patients who require precise distance vision do best with both eyes focused for distance and reading glasses for near.

It is not recommended, although some patients who see well out of their other eye and have not had any medication may drive.

The intraocular lens is placed permanently in your eye and will not “wear out”.


No, it depends on the cornea thickness. And cornea thickness is in-born. With stringent Patient Suitability Guidelines, we reject 1 out of 4 patients.

There is no power limit; the only limit is the cornea thickness.

1) You must be a healthy adult, 18 years of age with stable glasses power for at least 1 year.
2) Not recommended for pregnant or nursing mums.
3) Have sufficient corneal thickness therefore come in for a 1 hour eye examination.
4) To be in good health and free of corneal & other eye diseases.

The procedure is performed using anesthetic eye drops so there is no pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some eye discomfort and tearing during the first 24 hours after the surgery. It will gradually resolve by the second or third day.

Within 24 hours, most patients will experience better vision which will gradually improve over the next few days.

As with any vision treatment procedure where the cornea is altered, certain precautions should be taken. You should avoid getting contaminated water in the eyes for at least one month. This includes water from swimming pools, spas, lakes and the ocean. When showering or taking baths, keep the eyes closed in order to avoid getting soap and dirty water into the eyes. When exercising, sweat should be kept out of the eyes for at least a month after the procedure. Also, patients should avoid rubbing their eyes vigorously for a month following the procedure. Females should also avoid applying eye makeup for one month after the procedure.

Normal activities can be resumed next day.

The distance vision correction is permanent following laser vision correction. However, there are some age related changes that will occur regardless of whether or not someone has LASIK.

YES! The LASIK procedure will be able to correct your shortsightedness or long-sightedness with astigmatism. However, you will still need reading glasses to see clearly up close from 40 years of age onwards. Alternatively, some patients may prefer to have Monovision where LASIK can be performed under one eye so as to leave it slightly myopic, giving the patients the ability to use one eye for near vision while the other eye for distance vision .

No, in general everyone will get Presbyopia after the age of 40. With minor shortsightedness, it delays the person’s dependency on reading glasses.

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, soft contact lenses should not be worn for 2 weeks prior to your initial evaluation. Usage of Toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses should be stopped for at least 3 weeks prior to your initial evaluation. Usage of hard lenses, should be stopped at least 4 weeks prior to your initial evaluation.

Custom Lasik is a procedure that involves the use of a wavefront analyzer and enables the surgeon to customize the conventional Lasik procedure to individual eyes. This customization can help you see clearer and sharper than ever before.


Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. The most common form of the disease is the open-angle glaucoma. With early treatment, you can protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers. It connects the retina to the brain.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. In the normal eye, the clear fluid leaves the anterior chamber at the open angle where the cornea and iris meet. When the fluid reaches the angle, it flows through a spongy meshwork, like a drain, and leaves the eye.

Not necessarily. Increased eye pressure means you are at risk for glaucoma, but does not mean you have the disease. A person has glaucoma only if the optic nerve is damaged. If you have increased eye pressure but no damage to the optic nerve, you do not have glaucoma. However, you are at risk. Follow the advice of your eye care professional.

Not necessarily. Not every person with increased eye pressure will develop glaucoma. Some people can tolerate higher eye pressure better than others. Also, a certain level of eye pressure may be high for one person but normal for another.

Yes, Glaucoma can develop without increased eye pressure. This form of glaucoma is called low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma. It is not as common as open-angle glaucoma.

Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people are at higher risk than others. They include:
1. African-Americans over age 40.
2. Everyone over age 60, especially Mexican-Americans.
3. People with a family history of glaucoma.
4. Inflammation or uveitis in the eye, or a history of eye trauma.
5. People with diabetes, myopia (nearsightedness), or extensive steroid use.

We do not know how to prevent glaucoma yet. However, studies have shown that the early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. So, if you fall into one of the high-risk groups for the disease, make sure to have your eyes examined through dilated pupils every two years by an eye care professional.

The most difficult part is that open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms. It causes no pain. Vision seems normal.

Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, visual field test, dilated eye exam, tonometry, and pachymetry.

No, There is no cure for glaucoma. Vision lost from the disease cannot be restored.

Yes, Immediate treatment for early stage, open-angle glaucoma can delay progression of the disease. That’s why early diagnosis is very important. Glaucoma treatments include medicines, laser surgery, conventional surgery, or a combination of any of these. While these treatments may save remaining vision, they do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma.

If you are taking medicines for glaucoma, be sure to take them every day as directed by your eye care professional. People at risk for glaucoma should have a dilated eye exam at least every two years. If you have been diagnosed, you may need to see your eye care professional more often.

If you have lost some sight from glaucoma, ask your eye care professional about low vision services and devices that may help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Through studies in the laboratory and with patients, the National Eye Institute is seeking better ways to detect, treat, and prevent vision loss in people with glaucoma. For example, researchers have discovered genes that could help explain how glaucoma damages the eye.

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