Definition: The opacity of the crystalline lens is called cataract.


Cataract can affect a child as young as a new born. The cataract in children cause severe  damage to the vision of the child and needs to be treated as an emergencey.

There are various causes like hereditary cuses, genetic, infectious, metabolic, eye injuries causes etc that lead to cataract in children. It is not possible to ascertain the cause in every child.

However, sometimes investigations are needed to find the cause as they have a big impact on child’s life span and future quality of life.


  • The treatment of cataract in a child is usually a minor surgery at the earliest.
  • After the cataract surgery, the child is prescribed spects / contact lenses / nothing.
  • Cataract surgery in a child is totally different as compared to a cataract surgery in adults. There are many issues that are to be dealt with in a different manner in terms of examination as well as surgeries.

Dr Mihir Kothari has published an interesting research on Cataract Surgical Technique


Cataract Surgery (LARV) in children [Download PDF]

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Unique facilities at Jyotirmay Eye Clinic:

  1. Sevoflurane (world’s safest gas) anesthesia is available for the child’s safety. more…
  2. Philips (USA) VM8 Sure sign monitor is available for intraoperative monitoring for unparalleled child safety
  3. We have described a new technique of performing the cataract surgery in children (link) that we believe increases the safety and accuracy of the surgery
  4. We have the most advanced cataract surgical facility available to perform this delicate surgery with ultramodern microsurgical equipments and techniques
  5. We have extensive experience in dispensing extended wear contact lenses that can be worn for >2 weeks continuously by the child

In general the results of cataract surgery in children are quite satisfying due to modern technology and huge expertise. One of the most important determinants of the out come is how quickly the surgery is performed.

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Last updated 8th May, 2017
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