Copenhagen Eye Centre (Øjenlægernes Center):
Leading cataract practitioners

Cataract – colloquially called cataract – refers to clouding of the lens of the eye. It is an eye disease that most often occurs in the elderly over the age of 60, and causes reduced vision and/or glare. Cataracts can in rare cases be congenital or due to another disease, but it is most often a result of aging. Cataracts often come on insidiously, and the transition from relatively normal vision to cataracts will often be imperceptible over a long period, but it can also worsen over just a few weeks. The lens changes can be modest, but can still cause pronounced symptoms, and in Denmark, more than 50,000 Danes are treated annually for cataracts.
  • Leading practitioners of cataracts
  • We have a strong focus on safety throughout the entire process
  • We use the safest and most modern methods and do it at the highest professional level.
Cataract surgery on both eyes

“Really good experience with deep information about what happens during the operation. Fantastic relaxed atmosphere by both the doctor and the 2 nurses. Recommended at the highest level for both time from examination to OP and top-class service”

– Teddy



When should you be treated for cataracts?

Cataracts primarily cause reduced vision, but in addition, patients will often experience glare when going from a dark to a lighted room. Another typical symptom of cataracts is double vision in one eye. This means that the double vision does not – as is otherwise normal – disappear if you cover one eye. Typically, patients with cataracts will experience that the problems start in one eye, but that the problems will eventually affect both.

Cataracts do not cause pain, nor will it cause burning or itching in the eyes. In some cases with cataracts, patients will not experience symptoms or discomfort at all, as the changes in individual cases can be modest. Since cataracts occur in different degrees of severity, it is often up to you and your doctor to decide whether and when to treat. When you pass the age of 60, we would generally recommend that you go to your ophthalmologist regularly to have your vision checked.

Treatment of cataracts at the Copenhagen Eye Centre (Øjenlægernes Center

If you have cataracts that cause symptoms and/or pressure challenges in the eye, you should have cataract surgery. The operation is a minor, gentle intervention, which is most often carried out under local anesthetic and without hospitalization. Surgery is the only effective treatment for cataracts, where the cloudy natural lens is replaced with an artificial one that must remain in the eye for the rest of its life. Treatment will often improve vision significantly, and there is often a need to use glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Today, it is possible to insert multi-strength lenses into the eye to achieve complete or partial freedom from glasses, which is done at your own cost. If this interests you, you can talk to our opticians.

Aftertreatment of cataracts: laser treatment

98% of cataract operations go smoothly, but over time approximately 15% of patients will develop what is called post-cataract. Cataracts are caused by opacities in the capsule surrounding the artificial lens, and the symptoms of cataracts are generally very similar to those of cataracts. If you happen to be among the 15% who develop cataracts, the Copenhagen Eye Centre (Øjenlægernes Center) offers a painless laser treatment. The laser treatment takes place in droplet treatment, removes the opacity and takes only a few minutes. Therefore, do not worry about reaching out if you experience blurred vision again after your first operation.


Get answers to your questions

Our team has collected some of the most common questions that our patients ask and we are ready to give you the answers you need. Book a consultation with us. Our experienced staff will guide you through the process and ensure you receive the proper time and attention you deserve.

Who gets a stye?

There are two different eye diseases that contain the name cataract. A look in the Danish dictionary reveals that the word stær has its origin in the verb “to stare”, and the disease cataract is called that, because in step with the disease you will get a greyish pupil.

Cataract mainly affects people over the age of 60 and can be treated with a minor operative intervention. Cataracts, as mentioned, are the result of clouding of the eye’s lens, which sits immediately behind the iris, with age. In some cases, cataracts occur as a result of another disease in the eye.

Green cataract is the other major eye disease that includes the name cataract. Glaucoma is primarily hereditary, and the disease cannot be cured, but the development of the disease can be delayed if treatment is initiated early in the course. You can read more about that below. If you have glaucoma in the family, you should have your eyes checked regularly from the age of 40. Unlike cataracts, where the disease is in the front of the eye, cataracts are a disease that affects the optic nerve in the back of the eye.

How is a stye detected?

Cataracts give relatively clear symptoms, and since it’s an age-related condition, many older individuals are aware of the risk of developing it and therefore get their vision checked if they experience the symptoms. If you experience reduced vision, glare, and/or double vision, you can visit your local optician or doctor, who can refer you to an ophthalmologist.

In contrast to cataracts, the symptoms of glaucoma are initially few and difficult to detect. Often, the disease will start with individual blind spots in the field of vision that slowly increase in size. Many only discover glaucoma when the visual defects are very advanced. The reason for the delay is that for the vast majority of the course, the brain will go into a sort of survival mode, filling in the “gaps” in the visual impressions with what it imagines should appear in these gaps. If you know you’re genetically predisposed to develop glaucoma, you should regularly have your vision and field of vision checked. We recommend doing this from the age of 40, as changes are usually not detectable earlier.

Treatment of cataracts and glaucoma

Cataracts occur in different severity levels, so it’s up to you and your ophthalmologist to determine if treatment is needed and when. If you’re significantly bothered by gray cataracts, surgery is recommended. It’s a minor procedure, usually done under local anesthesia and without hospitalization. During the surgery, the cloudy lens will be replaced with an artificial lens, improving your vision. Often, you’ll still need glasses or contact lenses after the operation.

In contrast to cataracts, green cataracts cannot be cured. However, it’s possible to prevent/delay further worsening of vision defects if glaucoma is detected early. That’s why it’s recommended that individuals with a family history of glaucoma undergo regular eye examinations. Once the disease is diagnosed, you’ll need to use pressure-lowering eye drops, undergo laser treatment, and/or possibly have a pressure-lowering shunt implanted. If the eye pressure is lowered sufficiently, vision at the time of treatment can often be preserved, which is why it’s important to diagnose the disease early.

What is afterstar?

During a typical cataract surgery, the natural lens capsule is retained, and within it, the artificial lens is placed, which remains in the eye for the rest of life. In some cases, the lens capsule becomes cloudy, months to years after the treatment (after-cataract), which can feel like looking through “parchment paper.” After-cataracts can be removed with a quick, painless laser treatment using a YAG laser.

Your way to better vision

Feel safe throughout the process


Preliminary study

During the preliminary examination, your eyesight and eyes are carefully measured with the market’s most advanced equipment to determine whether you are suitable for lens surgery. The examination lasts approximately 2 hours.


Preparation for the operation

The day before or on the day of surgery, we recommend that you take a shower, wash your face and remove eye make-up. Our staff goes over what needs to happen and answers your questions.


The operation

In the operating room, the doctor and nurse perform the operation using microscopes as well as technical equipment and instruments.


After the operation

After surgery, our experienced staff will give you detailed instructions on the aftercare to ensure a comfortable and trouble-free healing process. We are here to support you.

Hear eye surgeon Sven talk about the process from start to finish

We help you with better vision

At Copenhagen Eye Centre (Øjenlægernes Center) you will meet an experienced and dedicated team of surgeons who work with a high and uncompromising professionalism in all eye treatments. We aim for a personal and safe environment for all our patients, and we make a point of having a clear dialogue with you about your procedure. You are in the best hands when you choose us.

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