Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adult’s at an age of 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Cataracts occur when the natural clear lens inside the eye, located behind the iris, becomes cloudy over time. This lens is important for focusing light on the back of the eye (the retina) so that images appear clear and without distortion The clouding of this lens during cataract formation distorts our vision.
During Cataract surgery the natural lens of the eye gets removed which has developed an opacification (cataract) and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’s transparency.
The procedure is done using local anesthesia, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 95% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate.
While cataract surgery does not involve a significant amount of pain, medications are used to minimize the amount of discomfort. The actual removal of the clouded lens will take approximately 20 minutes. You may notice the sensation of pressure from the various instruments used during the procedure. After leaving the operating room, you will be brought to a recovery room where your doctor will prescribe several eye drops that you will need to take for a few weeks postoperatively.
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