"It is the leading cause of blindness, and the only treatment in the world is surgery”
Date: 28 July 2023

"It is the leading cause of blindness, and the only treatment in the world is surgery”

Surg. Dr. Filiz İmadoğlu, eye diseases specialist, stated that cataracts can be congenital and may develop in adolescence as well as at older ages. Stating that the most common cataracts are age-related cataracts, İmadoğlu said, "The only treatment of cataracts in the world is surgery."

Cataracts, which are commonly referred to as "clouding of the eyes," ranks first among the causes of blindness in the world. Eye diseases specialist, Filiz İmadoğlu, provided information about cataracts. Imadoğlu said, "The eye lens is transparent and serves to focus the light coming from outside through the retina. However, the lenses begin to blur over time. When blurring occurs, the period called "clouding of the eyes" occurs, i.e. there is no light contact between the eye and the outside. With the surgery, the natural lens is removed and the lenses made of special materials are placed in the eye." 


Stating that people no longer want to wear glasses, Beykent University Hospital’s eye diseases specialist Filiz İmadoğlu said, "In this case, apart from normal cataracts, people started to prefer intraocular lenses more after a certain age, especially after 40 years. Due to the supply and demand issue, lens companies started to produce and market these lenses at a great speed. When we place these lenses on patients' eyes, they can see both far and near comfortably."  


"We do not recommend the trifocal lens, which is called a smart lens among the people, to every patient," İmadoğlu said, "These lenses may cause side effects in some cases. When we do a little research, we see that some of the people who use smart lenses are very happy and some of them are very unhappy. In the smart lens procedure, the doctor's experience and the communication with patients are very important. The question of whether a patient's eye structure is compatible with the smart lens should be evaluated together with factors  such as the patient's mental state and eye number. It is a procedure that is definitely not recommended for people with severe diabetes. After detailed one-on-one examinations, we decide whether to recommend the smart lens or not."