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.