Thank you for your interest in learning more about your cataract surgery. In the sections that follow, we will provide you with detailed information on the procedure, how it’s performed and why it’s important.
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In a mature cataract, the pupil, which normally appears black, will look grey or white.
As a cataract progresses, you may notice a decrease in your clarity of vision that glasses cannot fully correct. You may also experience:
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Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore vision. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis and only requires a short recovery period. The surgery generally completes the procedure in 10 to 15 minutes, and severe complications are rare. After cataract surgery, patients can resume most of their normal activities the following day.
The surgery involves removing the patient’s cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an IOL, or intraocular lens. An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of the eye. Click
The most commonly used cataract surgery procedure today is “phaco,” or Phacoemulsification. Phaco reduces recovery time, as well as reducing the risks involved with larger incisions.
This surgery only involves a few steps:
Any surgery has risks. One complication of cataract surgery is a secondary cataract. This occurs when there is scarring of the capsule that holds the new lens that was put in the eye during cataract surgery. This is very common and can lead to blurring of the vision again after cataract surgery, resembling the symptoms of the original cataract. This can be easily treated using a laser to open the cloudy capsule. The procedure is called a YAG capsulotomy which is a quick, painless procedure.