Cataract Surgery

Operating room. Eye surgery


Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Normally, the lens of your eye is clear. A cataract causes the lens to become cloudy, which eventually affects your vision.

What are the signs of cataracts?

Some of the cataract symptoms you might experience include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to see in dim light
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Double vision in a single eye
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Fading or yellowing of colours

What does cataract surgery entail?

Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that usually takes less than half an hour to perform. The surgeon will start by dilating the pupil with eye drops and a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area. Thereafter, the cataract is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial lens.

After surgery, you can expect some grittiness and mild discomfort, but eye rubbing should be avoided. Vision might be blurry at first, but after a few days, as the eye heals, clarity of vision will return.

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