What is cataract ?

Cataract involves clouding of clear lens which is usually and aging process and not a disease. With this clouding the patient experience blurry vision which goes on increasing.

How do I know I have cataract ?

People with Cataract have a few typical symptoms like blurry vision even with spectacles, intolerance to light, poor vision at night, etc.. Most definitive confirmation is given by your eye doctor with thorough examination.

Is cataract surgery painful?

No it is not painful. With advances in technology cataract surgery is very simple, minimally invasive surgery. There is no need for painful injection, no bandage and has very quick recovery.

What are those flashy tests done on me? Are they injurious to my eye?

None of the test done by eye doctor are injurious. These are absolutely safe even if performed multiple times. These tests help the doctor to plan your surgery, decide on best lens for you, or if planning for LASIK decide the best type of surgery for you. These tests are necessary to give complete eye exam report.

Am I nearsighted or farsighted and can LASIK treat it?

As long as your pre–operative evaluation like corneal topography, pachymetry and specular are normal and refraction is stable LASIK can be performed on you.

Is there a LASER/surgery to help me get rid of my reading glasses?

With age, our eyes lose the ability to focus on images up close (loss of accommodation). We continually move an image, such as a book or newspaper, farther and farther from our eyes in order to bring it into focus. This condition is called presbyopia. There are permanent options like Implantable contact lenses (aka intracameral lens) which can provide solution to this. This procedure in minimally invasive, however it requires through pre-operative check up and long discussion with your eye doctor to understand the pros and cons of procedure.

What is Wavefront technology, Wavefront optimised LASIK and Custom Lasik?

Wavefront Lasik or Custom-Lasik: each eye is unique, like one’s finger print. Advances in optics have demonstrated that these three basic elements are only part of the picture. There are tiny imperfections or distortions in every eye. Custom laser correction involves identifying these distortions and treating them to give better visual outcomes with LASIK. Wave front optimised LASIK maintains the natural shape of cornea and reduces induced aberrations. What type suits your eye will be decided by the doctor.

What precautions I have to take after surgery?

Cataract surgery nowadays has very quick recovery. Full recovery takes only 2 days. Till then one has to avoid TV, computers, mobile phones. After 2 days one can have proper headbath, facewash, watch TV, use mobile phone and computer can travel in bus, train, car, plane.

Do I have to wear dark glasses?

No need for dark glasses. Doctor will provide you with plain white/tranparent protective glasses.

What lens is best?

In present scenario there are multiple options available in intraocular lens. And these option can be confusing. Your eye doctor will be best to understand and decide what suits you on basis of your eyes tests, your work and day to day requirements.

How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for Lasik ?

Most people who are in good health and are either nearsighted or farsighted or have astigmatism are candidates for some form of laser vision correction. In general, you should:

  • be at least 18 years of age or older
  • have had stable vision for at least a year
  • have no health issues affecting your eyes
  • be in general good health
What is Astigmatism? Does Lasik correct it?

Astigmatism refers to an asymmetric curvature of your cornea. A “normal” cornea is round, like a basketball. If you have astigmatism, your cornea is shaped more like a football. Astigmatism can occur alone or in addition to either nearsightedness or farsightedness and can be corrected with Lasik.

What is monovision?

Monovision is an option to help manage ( may not fully correct near vision) both your distance and near vision. The procedure corrects the focus of dominant eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. One eye will see things close up, the other eye will see things farther away, and the brain will fuse the images from both eyes and manage to clear any blur. Monovisionis very subjective, people who adjust to it have very satisfactory visual outcomes.

What is Dr. Hardik training and experience?

Dr. Hardik Parikh completed his MBBS from prestigious Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai in May 2003. He later went to do his degree, M.S. Ophthalmology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore and stood 7th in university.

Dr. Hardik Parikh choose Cornea and Lasik as his super specialty and did fellowship of same from world renowned Aravind Eye Hospital (AEH,Coimbatore). He continued his stint with Aravind Eye Hospital for 2 years as Medical Consultant. During his tenure Dr. Hardik performed 2000 + cataract surgeries and 200+ Cornea and LASIK surgeries.

In January 2014 he joinedOjas eye Hospital, premium eye hospital in Bandra west as Cataract, Cornea and Lasik consultant and worked there till June 2016.

In August 2016 Dr.Hardik Parikh launched Global Eye Clinic, a state of art eye clinic with comprehensive facilities under one roof.

What are the risks?

As with any surgery, there are certain risks. Fortunately, however, the risks of laser vision eye surgery are low and patient satisfaction is high. The main risks include overcorrection or undercorrection of your prescription, halos, glare, and dry eyes. However these risks have a low incidence.