Cataract Surgery

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Cataract is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes hazy. When you are born, your lens in your eye is initially clear. As you get older, they become more hazy. This affects everybody at some stage in their life. When the cataract becomes sufficiently hazy as to cause problems with vision, we then consider performing cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is an extremely refined procedure for treating cataract. It involves making a tiny incision in the eye (1 mm to 2 mm) and dissolving the cataract and removing it from the eye. In place of the cataract, an artificial lens is implanted.

There are a number of different kinds of lenses. A more common form of lens is done as a monofocal lens, which is fixed for a certain distance. There are also multifocal lenses available. These allow simultaneous distance viewing and near viewing. You will have to discuss these lenses with your doctor to see whether it is suitable for your eye.

There are other options for treating short versus far sightedness with cataract surgery. A common method is using what is known as monovision, where one eye is made into a distance viewing eye and the other eye is made into a near viewing eye. Again, if you are interested in both distance and near reading, please discuss this with your doctor.

The recovery time following cataract surgery is quite short. It is common to have blurry vision for a few days but usually after this the vision starts to clear. You will be prescribed a course of drops which you will need to take to completion.


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