Cataract Surgery in Iran

(IRAN)
  • Operation Duration
  • 20-30 minutes
  • Hospitalization
  • 1 day
  • Anesthesia
  • local
  • Recovery
  • 7 days
  • Time to Result
  • 7-10 days

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Cataract refers to a cloudy area on natural lens of the eye. This disease, as the most common cause of impaired vision in people over 40 years of age, can interfere with daily activities such as reading, driving, and exercising; so, it is crucial to treat cataract in time.

What Is Cataract?

If you are over 40 years old and your vision is blurred, you may have cataracts. In cataracts, the lens of the eye, which is usually clear and transparent, becomes cloudy and opaque due to the accumulation of proteins on it. Usually, cataract happens due to congenital reasons, trauma, the use of certain drugs, exposure to toxins or radiations, diabetes, and most importantly, aging.

The good news is that not everyone with cataract necessarily needs cataract surgery. Cataract in its early stages may cause only minor problems such as myopia. However, if your vision problem cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, you will need to undergo cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial one.  

The 4 Different Types of Cataracts

There are four types of cataracts; nuclear, cortical, congenital, and posterior subcapsular. 

Nuclear cataract: this is the most common type of cataract which damages the central part of the eye lens. The nuclear cataract at first causes myopia but as time passes, the vision gets blurred and cloudy.

Cortical cataract: this type of cataract starts from the edges of the lens and move toward the center of it. Cortical cataract mainly happens to people with diabetes and hypertension.

Congenital cataract: some children are born with cataract. The reasons of this type of cataract can be intrauterine infection, trauma during the pregnancy, galactosemia, etc.

Posterior subcapsular cataract (PSC): this type of cataract is a bit more complex than the other types. It starts from the back of the lens and decrease the vision gradually. Fortunately, PSC can also be treated and the patient can get back to normal life three months after the cataract surgery. 

Why Iran for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is considered a delicate operation, so it requires accurate surgical devices as well as the high knowledge of a professional ophthalmic surgeon. In Iran, cataract surgery is done in modern hospitals equipped with the latest surgical instruments. Fortunately, the success rate of lens replacement surgery in Iran is %98 which makes the country a desirable destination for patients who need this operation. Moreover, the cost of cataract surgery in Iran is almost one third of its cost in U.S and Europe. 

Cataract Surgery Cost in Iran

The cost of cataract surgery in Iran depends on five factors; the knowledge and experience of the surgeon, the method of the surgery, the facilities of hospital or eye clinic, the complexity of the surgery, and the condition of the damaged eye. Usually, the cost of this surgery in Iran starts from $500 per eye while in U.S., it starts from $1.500 per eye.

Types of Cataract Surgery in Iran

In cataract surgery, the damaged part of the lens is removed from the eye and an intraocular lens in placed in the eye. In most cases, the surgery is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 20 minutes.

In Iran, three types of cataract surgery are practiced; phacoemulsification or phaco, extracapsular, and intracapsular. 

Phacoemulsification

Phacoemulsification is the most common type of cataract surgery through which an incision is made around the edge of cornea and then, the cloudy lens is shattered and removed from the eye by using sound waves. Finally, when the damaged lens has been removed, an artificial lens is implanted and the incision site is sutured. 

Extracapsular cataract surgery

In this method, the damaged lens should not get shattered; in fact, it has to be removed as a whole. So, a larger incision is made on the edge of the cornea. Since it is a rather complex operation, the anesthesia is administered through injections around the eye. 

Intracapsular cataract surgery

In Intracapsular cataract surgery, an even bigger incision is made on the cornea and the lens and the surrounding lens capsule are removed all at once. Since this type of cataract surgery has more complications, it is performed less often nowadays.

Who Can Do Lens Replacement Surgery?

Cataracts occur not only in the elderlies, but also in the young people. Trauma, certain medications, and genetic conditions can lead to cataracts even at a young age. So, the patients who have blurry vision or difficulty in reading, driving at night, and looking at screens can undergo lens replacement surgery, no matter what age they are. 

Best Cataract Surgeons in Iran

Choosing a good cataract surgeon has an effective role in the outcome of the operation as well as in reducing the postoperative complications. Luckily, Iran has the best eye surgeons in the world who have been graduated from top medical universities in Iran and other countries. Iranian eye surgeons first consider the physical and mental conditions of the patients and then, they choose the best methods of anesthesia and surgery for the patients. As a result, you can rely on the experience and knowledge of cataract surgeons in Iran and enjoy the outcome of the surgery.

How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery?

Before undergoing cataract surgery, consider the following tips:

  • Take a bath a day before the surgery;
  • Have a light breakfast on the day of the operation;
  • Ask someone to be your caregiver for a day or two;
  • Do not wear makeup or perfume right before the operation;
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages for three days before the operation;
  • Avoid taking blood thinners such as aspirin from a week before the surgery; and
  • Inform your surgeon on your current medications and health problems.

Lens Replacement Surgery Postoperative Care 

A day after the lens replacement surgery, you should visit your surgeon for checkup. The doctor will unwrap your bandages and examine your eye with special devices. Most people will regain their eyesight within several days and can restart their daily activities -including going to work- a week after the surgery.

After cataract surgery, follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid washing your face, specifically the area around the eye, for three days;
  • Do not bend over;
  • Avoid driving for a week;
  • Do not lift, push, and pull heavy objects;
  • Cover your eye with a plastic shield when you are sleeping or leaving the house;
  • Do not rub your eyes for a week after the surgery;
  • If your eyes become red or you have severe pain after the surgery, contact your surgeon ASAP; 
  • Prevent dust and dirt from entering the eye; and 
  • Use eye drops only with the prescription of your doctor.

Possible Complications of Cataract Surgery

Normally, cataract surgery has no serious complication; However, if you have faced any of the following problems, contact your ophthalmologist.

  • Severe pain;
  • Swelling around the eyes;
  • Abnormal eye discharge;
  • Distorted vision;
  • Ocular hypertension;
  • Infection;
  • Dislocation of the lens;
  • Bleeding;
  • Intense light sensitivity; etc.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery in Iran

1) How long after cataract surgery should I stay in Iran?

You need to stay in Iran for at least a week after cataract surgery because your eyes should be examined one day and one week after the operation.

2) Is cataract surgery painful?

Generally, cataract surgery is not painful; however, some patients experienced mild pain and discomfort in their eyes for a couple of days after the surgery.

3) How long is cataract surgery’s recovery period?

You can do your daily activities almost a week after the surgery, but full recovery will take four weeks. 

4) Will cataract grow back after the surgery?

Fortunately, no. Cataract cannot grow back on an artificial lens. 

5) Can cataract surgery be performed on both eyes at one day?

It is possible to perform cataract on both eyes in one session; however, most surgeons prefer to operate the eyes with an interval of two weeks.

Itinerary


Day 1

Arrival at IKA, transfer to the hotel and check in. Take a short break and head to the clinic to visit the doctor (if is needed). Go to the restaurant and have dinner with Raadina Health team.

Day 2

Move to the hospital for vision screening and get ready for the surgery (one eye). Discharge from the hospital on the same day, return to the hotel to rest and take prescribed medications, meet the doctor in the afternoon for post-operative checkup, return to hotel and rest.

Day 3

Rest in the hotel and then go on a city tour at your doctor’s discretion. Return to the hotel and rest.

Day 4

Rest in the hotel, go to visit the doctor to receive the necessary post-surgical recommendations and get permission to return to your country. Go on a city tour if you prefer.

Day 5

Check out and transfer to the airport.

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