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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery Treatment

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that removes the cloudy lens of the eye, and inserts a clear, replacement lens that can dramatically improve eyesight. More than three-million cataract surgery procedures are performed each year in the United States. This operation entails making a tiny incision in the eye. An instrument the size of a pen tip is then inserted which breaks up and removes the cloudy lens. A cataract replacement lens (IOL) is inserted in the same incision and set in its permanent position.

What to Expect Before and After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that the surgery is so easy and pain-free and that the recovery from cataract surgery happens so fast. Cataract surgery usually takes 20 to 30 minutes or less, and most patients return to their normal activities the next day. The following will help prepare you for surgery:

  • You will receive an anesthetic that numb the nerves in and/or around your eye/s.
  • Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to help prevent infection and reduce swelling before and/or after surgery,
  • Like most cataract surgery patients, you'll experience improved vision soon after surgery. Your sight may continue to improve for several days or even weeks.