What does it involve?

It is an operation to remove the opaque content of the crystalline lens in infants and children with congenital cataract.

When is it carried out?

When the cataract starts to affect the child’s visual development, it must be operated on as soon as possible. If visual development is only being slightly affected, it needs to be monitored regularly by an ophthalmologist, who specialises in treating cataracts in children (since they are different to adult cataracts and have very different consequences).

Paediatric cataract surgery is not without complications and risks, so it is preferable to wait if visual development is good in spite of the cataract. When the cataract is large and detrimental to vision, however, surgery should be performed as soon as possible.

For bilateral congenital cataracts, the most appropriate time for treatment is during the first 10-12 weeks of life and, for unilateral cataracts, during the first 6 weeks. It is within these timeframes that the best results can be achieved in terms of a good prognosis for the recovery of vision.

Associated pathologies

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
E-mail: international@imo.es
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”


Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+376) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa


Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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