A CATARACT is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye. Though painless, cataracts can blur your vision by restricting the amount of light that enters your eye. In addition to hazy vision, indications of cataracts include unusual glare and poor night vision.
THE PROCEDURE: The surgeon will:
Make a small incision in the surface of the eye in order to remove the clouded lens.
Insert a small ultrasonic instrument in the eye to break up the cataract and remove it.
Place through the small incision a new artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) into the eye. The IOL will not change the outward appearance of your eye, but it can drastically improve your vision. The exact shape and size of each IOL may vary, but all are held in place by small flexible loops that are attached to the lens. IOL’s are intended to last a lifetime, and are made of materials like silicone and acrylic that will not irritate your eye.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
You will go home the same day you have your cataract surgery. You will be asked to return the day after surgery to be examined by a doctor. Once your eye has completely healed following the surgery, your vision should be clearer, though you may still need corrective lenses to optimize your vision.