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Cataract Surgery (Overview)

Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol).


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What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is removal of the cataract and replacing it with an aritificial lens (implant). ...Read more

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Cataract Surgery (Overview)

Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol).


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Is there any risks after doing any type of cataract surgery in common?

Yes: Everything in life carries a certain risk. You take a risk when you drive your car. The benefit of getting from point a to b outweighs the understood risk of an accident. We, as md's, try to convey surgical risk to patients. With cataracts, as a general rule, if your vision is so poor that you have difficulties with your daily routines, the benefits of better vision outweighs the risks of surgery. ...Read more

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How long does cataract surgery take?

How long does cataract surgery take?

20-35 minutes: Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems - most will take 20-35 minutes. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Not really: The only alternative to cataract surgery is to not remove the cataract. If you choose not to remove the cataract, the vision will slowly deteriorate. You may be able to change your glasses prescription and see better for a time period, but the cataracts will progress and the vision continually deteriorate. You will need surgery if you live long enough and want to continue to see. ...Read more

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What is cataract surgery?

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque ("cloudy") affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol). ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

No: Modern techniques for cataract treatment are terrific and pain free. You will be gently treated, not be aware of the anti-pain premedication given to you and enjoy a post-operative recovery that you will find to be remarkable. ...Read more

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What happens generally before a cataract surgery operation?

What happens generally before a cataract surgery operation?

A brief summary: Prior to the procedure you are given an I.V. And your eye is dilated. You will also be given antibiotic eye drops. Sedation is given to you just before the procedure starts and your face is cleaned and a sterile drape covers everything but your eye. By this time, you should not have any memory of the procedure. There should also be no discomfort at all. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits and disadvantages associated with a cataract surgery?

Many Advantages: There are over 3 million cataract surgeries performed annually, and it enjoys amongst the highest patient satisfaction of any surgery. Removal of the cataract improves vision, restores clarity, makes colors brighter, and often eliminates the need for glasses post-operatively. Complications are very rare, but include infections or other potential causes of loss of vision or blindness.. ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery 4 days ago and I am seeing a streak of light when i look directly at a light source. Is this normal?

Astigmatism: It sounds like you have some astigmatism. It could be temporary and improve with healing. If your vision otherwise seems good, i would not be concerned but ask your doctor about it at your next follow-up visit. ...Read more

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I would like to know what would happen after a cataract surgery. Please explain.

Cataract Surgery: The lens: usually clear, behind iris; is like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Recovery usually less than 1wk; 10-20% risk need laser after 1st surgery. More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Cataract (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more


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