Phacoemulsification (Phaco)

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Overview of Phacoemulsification (Phaco)
Anesthesia
Local
Duration
20-30 Minutes
Hospital Stay
Multiple Hours
Shower
No Water Shall Enter the Eyes for 3 Weeks
Work Leave
1 Week
Complete Recovery
Multiple Days
Success Rate
95%
Wear Special Glasses
For 2 Weeks

Intro to Phacoemulsification

Cataracts are a major eye problem that needs serious treatment to prevent unwanted complications. For this reason, we use phacoemulsification technology, which becomes the most commonly performed treatment to treat cataracts.
Phacoemulsification (phaco) is a type of cataract surgery that uses foldable intraocular lenses (IOL) implants to restore full and clear vision that has been compromised by cataracts. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist removes the damaged lens using an ultrasonic probe and replaces it with a folded lens implant.
This method is not a new invention. In fact, scientists first developed this method in the late sixties, and it became popular in the early eighties of the last century.

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Benefits of Phacoemulsification

Phacoemulsification carries a lot of potential benefits for people who suffer from cataracts, including:

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    Improve visual acuity, which you need for driving and handling complicated equipment
  • 2
    Improve cataract symptoms, such as diplopia, blurred vision, and photophobia
  • 3
    Treat any kind of cataract, including brown cataracts, mature cataracts, and traumatic cataracts
  • 4
    Allow you to perform daily tasks that were impacted by poor vision and cataracts
  • 5
    Get a very effective treatment with little risk and a high success rate
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    Candidates for Phacoemulsification

    Often, ophthalmologists suggest phacoemulsification to people who have a cataractous lens that causes poor visual acuity. Thus, you will be an ideal candidate for phacoemulsification if you have cataracts without other medical conditions. People with diabetes are at risk if decided to undergo this surgery.

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    Preparation for Phacoemulsification

    You must first find a skilled ophthalmologist with the right credentials and experience doing such surgeries. They may prepare you for phacoemulsification by:
    • Assess your eye and the condition of your intraocular lens.
    • Instruct you to stop taking certain medications before surgery.
    • Provide you with certain eye drops to prevent infection.

    Steps of Phacoemulsification

    Phacoemulsification is usually performed in an outpatient facility, and ophthalmologists often need between 15-1 hours to complete the surgery. The steps include:

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    1. Anesthesia

    Your ophthalmologist will use topical anesthesia or provide you with local anesthesia by injecting a numbing drug around your eye.

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    2. Incision Making

    Your ophthalmologist makes a small incision at the edge of the cornea to create an opening in the membrane that surrounds the lens.

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    3. Break the Cloudy Lens

    To break the cloudy lens into fragments, your ophthalmologist will insert a small ultrasonic probe that vibrates at ultrasonic speed.

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    4. Suction the Fragments

    There is an attachment on the probe tip that will suction the fragments out of the eye.

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    5. Implant the Intraocular Lens

    Finally, your ophthalmologist will implant an intraocular lens (IOL) and places it in the natural position inside the eye. They commonly insert it through a tiny corneal incision.

    Recovery After Phacoemulsification

    Phacoemulsification usually doesn’t require a hospital stay, and the incision made in the cornea doesn’t require stitches as it heals on its own within a few days. In any case, the recovery phase may involve the following:
    • Take eye drops that contain antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
    • Avoid rubbing your eyes or getting water or soap directly in your eyes.
    • Wear eyeglasses to protect your eyes from external or environmental pollutants.
    • Wear a protective eye shield, especially during the night.
    • Expect immediate vision improvement after the surgery.

    Risks of Phacoemulsification

    Phacoemulsification is a safe procedure that can improve most patients’ vision and boost their quality of life. However, risks and potential side effects are still possible in some cases, and include:

    • Pain, redness, or eye infection
    • Swollen cornea
    • Swollen retina
    • Retinal detachment
    • Blurred vision
    • Dislocation of intraocular lens
    • The appearance of cyst-like swellings on the macula
    • Glaucoma

    How Can International Clinics Help You?

    International Clinics offers special packages for international patients who seek cheap and safe phacoemulsification (phaco) in Turkey. If you are concerned about cataracts and seek a permanent solution, we’ll be glad to help you and answer all your questions.
    Our surgeons and medical personnel have performed thousands of successful phacoemulsification surgeries for men and women from Europe, North America, and the Middle East.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    In most cases, vision improves after about 3 -5 days of the surgery.

    Usually, cataracts do not return after the surgery.

    – In rare cases, blood leakage from the blood vessels of the retina may occur.
    – This leakage may impair the vision, but the doctor can treat this problem by prescribing some eye drops as a preventive measure.
    – Therefore, recovery from the surgery takes a few weeks or months.
    – Usually, this problem improves completely with eye drops, but in a few cases, the patient may need a steroid injections behind the eye to recover from these leakages.

    – This is often the result of local anesthesia and not the result of the surgery itself.
    – The doctor may, in rare cases, prescribe eye drops and anti-inflammatories to treat such symptoms.

    During the first week after the surgery, the eye may continue to produce excessive tears as tears help protect the surface of the eye after the surgery. In other words, the body may produce more tears in an attempt to help the eye recover.

    Seamless Treatment Journey

    In addition to the medical services that we provide at the International Clinics, we also provide a range of supportive services to ensure patient comfort and safety, including:
    Reception & Transportation
    We have allocated modern VIP cars to receive you at the airport and to transport you during your visits between the hotel and the hospital.
    Medical Translator
    The translation team will be always at your service to make your communication easier.
    Professional Medical Team
    A medical advisor will ensure an appropriate and comfortable treatment plan that meets all your needs.
    Premium Hospitality
    Accommodation will not be a problem at all, because our team will help you in booking the most suitable place during your stay in Turkey.
    High Quality Service
    The quality team communicates with customers after surgeries and procedures to ensure that they are satisfied with all the services they have received.
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    Reception & Transportation
    We have allocated modern VIP cars to receive you at the airport and to transport you during your visits between the hotel and the hospital.
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    Medical Translator
    The translation team will be always at your service to make your communication easier.
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    Professional Medical Team
    A medical advisor will ensure an appropriate and comfortable treatment plan that meets all your needs.
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    Premium Hospitality
    Accommodation will not be a problem at all, because our team will help you in booking the most suitable place during your stay in Turkey.
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    High Quality Service
    The quality team communicates with customers after surgeries and procedures to ensure that they are satisfied with all the services they have received.
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