It is the full or partial clouding of the eye lens, which leads to a progressive vision loss. It is mostly an aging-associated ailment, however, it can be congenital or be produced by trauma and it is more frequently found on people that suffer from different diseases such as diabetes.

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Cataracts can be the cause for blurry eyesight, it can make bright colors seem dimmed and diminish night vision. It can also be the reason why your prescription eyeglasses seem to not work or you find yourself in need of new prescription glasses very often.

The most effective treatment is a surgery that consists of extracting the opacified eye lens to replace it for an intraocular acrylic lens.  This is done through a 2mm incision by using the latest technology. This surgery takes between 10 to 15 minutes in the hands of Dr. Mejía. For the cataract extraction, local anesthesia or sedation will be used.

Due to the small size of the incision, the recovery is almost immediate and only a few days of rest are needed after the surgery.

Intraocular lenses

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Usually, monofocal lenses can be implanted, they provide distant focus but not near or mid-distance focus. In these cases it is necessary for the patient to get reading eyeglasses.

During the preoperative evaluation, the specialist will tell you whether or not you’re a candidate for premium lenses, which not only provide distant focus but also near and mid-distance focus (Presbyopia), freeing you from having to wear eyeglasses for 97% of your activities that need near focus. Intraocular lenses can currently correct pre-existing astigmatism, providing the patient with more clarity after the surgery.

Dr. Carlos Mejía Leiva is the pioneer of the modern small-incision cataract surgery and use of premium lenses in Central America. He has done successful surgeries on thousands of patients, Costa Ricans and foreigners. This has positioned Oftalmejía as a point of national and international reference for cataract surgery with 30 years of experience in ocular surgery.



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