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What happens after a cataract surgery? If I have my cataract removed, will i be able to see afterwards? Is there any scarring?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
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In brief: Cataract surgery

You should be able to see after cataract surgery as long as the rest of your eye is healthy.
No significant scarring occurs.

In brief: Cataract surgery

You should be able to see after cataract surgery as long as the rest of your eye is healthy.
No significant scarring occurs.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Andrew Doan
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cataract

Cataract surgery is a safe procedure.
After you have your cataract removed, you will be able to see afterwards. Your eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through your lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to photographic film, the retina allows the image to be "seen" by the brain. Over time, the lens of our eye can become cloudy, preventing light rays from passing clearly through the lens. The loss of transparency may be so mild that vision is barely affected, or it can be so severe that no shapes or movements are seen--only light and dark. When the lens becomes cloudy enough to obstruct vision to any significant degree, it is called a cataract. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can usually correct slight refractive errors caused by early cataracts, but they cannot sharpen your vision if a severe cataract is present. The most common cause of cataract is aging. Other causes include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases such as diabetes, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Occasionally, babies are born with a cataract. Cataracts typically develop slowly and progressively, causing a gradual and painless decrease in vision. Other changes you might experience include blurry vision; glare, particularly at night; frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription; a decrease in color intensity; a yellowing of images; and in rare cases, double vision. As the eye's natural lens gets harder, farsighted (presbyopic) people, who have difficulty focusing up close, can experience improved near vision and become less dependent on reading glasses. However, nearsighted (myopic) people become more nearsighted, causing a worsening in their distance vision. Some kinds of cataracts affect distance vision more than reading vision. Others affect reading vision more than distance vision. Reducing your exposure to ultraviolet light by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses may reduce your risk for developing a cataract, but once one has developed, there is no cure except to have the cataract surgically removed. With a routine, outpatient surgical procedure, an ophthalmologist (eye M.D.) can remove the cataract, making either a small incision (phacoemulsification) or a larger incision (extracapsular extraction). Usually, a synthetic intraocular lens (iol) is inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. Iols can be monovision (fixed-focus for a preset distance) or multifocal, which allows focused vision at many distances. The time to have cataract surgery is when the cataract is affecting your vision enough to interfere with your normal lifestyle. Cataract surgery is a very successful operation. One and a half million people have this procedure every year in the United States, and 95% have a successful result. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur during or after surgery, and some are severe enough to limit vision. But in most cases, vision, as well as quality of life, improves. Here is a link to a video that explains what is cataract surgery.

In brief: Cataract

Cataract surgery is a safe procedure.
After you have your cataract removed, you will be able to see afterwards. Your eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through your lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to photographic film, the retina allows the image to be "seen" by the brain. Over time, the lens of our eye can become cloudy, preventing light rays from passing clearly through the lens. The loss of transparency may be so mild that vision is barely affected, or it can be so severe that no shapes or movements are seen--only light and dark. When the lens becomes cloudy enough to obstruct vision to any significant degree, it is called a cataract. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can usually correct slight refractive errors caused by early cataracts, but they cannot sharpen your vision if a severe cataract is present. The most common cause of cataract is aging. Other causes include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases such as diabetes, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Occasionally, babies are born with a cataract. Cataracts typically develop slowly and progressively, causing a gradual and painless decrease in vision. Other changes you might experience include blurry vision; glare, particularly at night; frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription; a decrease in color intensity; a yellowing of images; and in rare cases, double vision. As the eye's natural lens gets harder, farsighted (presbyopic) people, who have difficulty focusing up close, can experience improved near vision and become less dependent on reading glasses. However, nearsighted (myopic) people become more nearsighted, causing a worsening in their distance vision. Some kinds of cataracts affect distance vision more than reading vision. Others affect reading vision more than distance vision. Reducing your exposure to ultraviolet light by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses may reduce your risk for developing a cataract, but once one has developed, there is no cure except to have the cataract surgically removed. With a routine, outpatient surgical procedure, an ophthalmologist (eye M.D.) can remove the cataract, making either a small incision (phacoemulsification) or a larger incision (extracapsular extraction). Usually, a synthetic intraocular lens (iol) is inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. Iols can be monovision (fixed-focus for a preset distance) or multifocal, which allows focused vision at many distances. The time to have cataract surgery is when the cataract is affecting your vision enough to interfere with your normal lifestyle. Cataract surgery is a very successful operation. One and a half million people have this procedure every year in the United States, and 95% have a successful result. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur during or after surgery, and some are severe enough to limit vision. But in most cases, vision, as well as quality of life, improves. Here is a link to a video that explains what is cataract surgery.
Dr. Andrew Doan
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Dr. Andrew Caster
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye.
Removing the cataract, and replacing it with a clear plastic lens, will improve the eyesight. More than two million cataract treatments are performed every year in the us.

In brief: A

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye.
Removing the cataract, and replacing it with a clear plastic lens, will improve the eyesight. More than two million cataract treatments are performed every year in the us.
Dr. Andrew Caster
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Cataract surgery

After cataract surgery patients recover very quickly, with good vision in one to 7 days and eye drops for about a month.
You can return to normal activities the day after surgery. Restrictions are minimal, just avoiding heavy straining and no swimming for a few weeks. There is scarring that holds the new lens implant in place and normal healing of the wound.

In brief: Cataract surgery

After cataract surgery patients recover very quickly, with good vision in one to 7 days and eye drops for about a month.
You can return to normal activities the day after surgery. Restrictions are minimal, just avoiding heavy straining and no swimming for a few weeks. There is scarring that holds the new lens implant in place and normal healing of the wound.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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