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what happens in cataract operation?

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Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
The lens is removed: The natural lens in the eye when cloudy or darkened is called cataract. In the surgery, the lens is removed usually using ultrasound energy. Then an artificial lens specific to that eye is inserted to help focus. Typically takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Outpatient procedure.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham commented
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Now days takes 5-15 minutes for the surgery.
Aug 24, 2013
Dr. William Trattler
LASIK Surgery 29 years experience
Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is a surgery where we remove the cataract and place an intraocular lens. Youtube has many videos of cataract surgery.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Cataract surgery: During surgery a small incision is made to enter the eye. Instruments are used to go inside the eye and remove the cloudy lens (cataract). A new artificial lens implant is placed to replace the natural lens. The wounds are sealed and the surgery is finished.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I know that there are varieties of surgeries to treat cataract. What are they?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Cataract surgery: The most common type of cataract surgery, called phacoemulsification, uses ultrasound to break up the cataract into tiny pieces, which are then aspirated from the eye. The latest cataract removal technique is called femto cataract surgery, which uses a laser to break up the cataract. This is only available in a few cities, and is rapidly gaining popularity.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of cataracts and how are they addressed through surgery?

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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
See below: Common symptoms of cataracts are blurred vision, glare and halos at night, double vision, starbursts and many more. They are caused by clouding and hardening of the natural lens inside the eye that occurs with age, smoking, diabetes and sun exposure. It is corrected by surgically removing the natural lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What type of surgery is recommended for cataracts?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Cataract surgery: Various techniques for removal of cataract, most common being extracapsular extraction using phacoemulsification. Femtosecond laser is being tried to assist in creating incisions and cutting the cataract into pieces that are then aspirated out. Cataract surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and patient's are commonly awake but with local/topical anesthesia.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are different cataract operations & procedures?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Variations: The modern technique of cataract removal is basically that of ultrasonic removal of the cataract and microscopic substitution of a proper calculated lens. There are minor variations in the technique and some differences in lens design. But the basic principals are the same. Older techniques of removal and non-mechanical removal are largely obselete except in third world countries.
Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
There is lately the emergence of laser cataract surgery but the additional clinical benefit is minimal and the additional cost is high
Apr 6, 2013
A 33-year-old member asked:

What're the risks of having a cataract operation done?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Low: Cataract surgery is highly perfected and the risks are low. But it is possible to have altered eyeglass need, infection, bleeding, intraocular lens slippage, fibrosis of the lens capsule, dislocation of the lens, corneal opacification and retinal detachment. Other things can happen also but all of these are very uncommon with current techniques.

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