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A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye which causes a decrease in vision. Surgery to replace the cloudy lens is the only way to improve your eyesight. Cataracts are very common, especially among the elderly. Most cataracts develop in people over age 55. They commonly affect both eyes.
Cataracts usually get slowly worse over time. Surgery is recommended for most individuals who have significant vision loss. This surgery is performed by an eye doctor on an outpatient basis.
Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is usually implanted. Newer artificial lenses can correct for hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism. Some are also multifocal, allowing for distance and as well as some near vision.
Most modern cataract procedures involve the use of a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks up the cloudy lens into small pieces, which are then gently removed from the eye with suction. This procedure is called phaco(phacoemulsification). The surgeon completes the cataract removal and interaocular lens (IOL) implantation procedure by closing the incision in the eye.
Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Prior refractive surgery such as LASIK is not a contraindication to cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, expect the vision to begin improving within a few days.
The vision may be blurry at first as the eye heals. It is normal to feel itching and some mild discomfort after cataract surgery. Patients may also have temporary fluid discharge from the eye and be sensitive to light. The eye will be completely healed within about eight weeks. If the patient has cataracts in both eyes, there is a need for two separate operations, usually carried out 3-7 days apart.