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Dr. Theodore Wu
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What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

Dr. Theodore Wu
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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


Dr. Michael Ham
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
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Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Dr. Michael Ham
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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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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Physical rehabilitation

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

Dr. Michael Ham
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What is cataract surgery?

Dr. Michael Ham
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How long does cataract surgery take?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Physical rehabilitation

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

Dr. Christopher Hood
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Is there any risks after doing any type of cataract surgery in common?

Dr. Christopher Hood
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Yes: Cataract surgery is a surgery and thus has risks associated with it, although they are generally small compared to the potential benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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What happens generally before a cataract surgery operation?

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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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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