11. How does cataract surgery differ from ophthalmological centre to centre or from doctor to doctor, worldwide?

Although the basic steps in the operation are almost the same, there are some crucial details that can really make the difference and turn the final result from simply successful, to ideal.

One aspect that seems to differ a lot from doctor to doctor, is the way he handles the eye during the operation.
A number of surgeons will satisfactorily perform all the necessary handling, yet still end up causing discomfort to their patients.

Equally, other surgeons will make a little larger incision in the cornea, to facilitate themselves during the operation, thus creating a greater astigmatism than the expected one and affecting the final visual result.

During Phacoemulsification a less experienced doctor may use more power in the device and for a longer time than necessary.

This increases the possibility of injury to adjacent tissues and especially the endothelial of the cornea, resulting in a delay in full sight restoration.

In Athens Eye Hospital its experienced doctors perform more than 10,000 operations annually with accuracy, speed and safety. The thorough pre-operative check, along with the use of the greatest quality intraocular lenses available worldwide, guarantee the best possible result. The patient experiences no discomfort during the operation, which lasts only a few moments.

Furthermore, we have added to our clinic an additional handling during cataract surgery that ensures maintaining optimal result, in the ensuing years as well.

It is common, after the passing of some years, that the posterior capsule surface is placed, to become opaque, due to the proliferation of the few epithelial cells that remained after the surgery, resulting in the blurring of sight again (secondary cataract or posterior capsule opacification).
This condition, though easily dealt with by means of special Laser, can be annoying

Besides Laser causes collateral thermal injuries during its application.

In Athens Eye Hospital we perform on many occasions, posterior capsulorhexis in addition to the anterior one. That is, we create a circular incision in the posterior capsule too (one that surgeons traditionally do not touch during cataract surgery), therefore eliminating the possibility of secondary opacification  to appear.