Currently, cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataract. Cataract surgery is Prof. Findl’s field of expertise. With more than 1000 cataract surgeries per year, he is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in Austria. Prof. Findl is a worldwide renowned specialist in cataract surgery and has been rated No. 1 in Europe for his influential publications in the field of cataract. Cataract surgery is offered in a day care setting at Hanusch Hospital as well as Evangelisches Krankenhaus.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s originally clear lens. Patients suffering from cataract ususally describe the condition as being similar to looking through a mist, with gradual blurring or dimming of vision over time. Also, you may be troubled by bothersome glare.
There are different causes for cataract. The most common cause is age related and is due the altered metabolism of the lens. This form of cataract is called age-related cataract. Most commonly, it occurs after the age of 60. In that case, it is not considered to be a disease and therefore is not dangerous.
Because of the similarity of a cataract in the eye to falling water, which also appears white and non transparent to the observer, the word cataract is derived from the greek word ‘katarakt’, meaning waterfall.
The most common symptoms are blurred vision, glare, increased sensitivity to light, fading colours – everything looks “grey in grey”, or increasing shortsightedness – “I used to be farsighted, now I am shortsighted and I can read without glasses”. If elderly patients require frequent changes in spectacle prescription, a beginning cataract may be the reason.
Currently, cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataract. The procedure is pain free, bares a low risk of complications and results in a considerable improvement in visual function.
It is fantastic. My vision is super clear in the distance and I can even read music without glasses.Adelheid L.