What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the cloudy lens in your eye and replace it with an artificial lens. The cloudy lens is called a cataract, and it can cause blurry vision, glare, and difficulty seeing at night. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, and it is usually very successful.
Types of cataract surgery
There are two main types of cataract surgery: phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). Phacoemulsification is the most common type of cataract surgery. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to break up the cataract and remove it from the eye. ECCE is a more traditional type of cataract surgery that involves making a larger incision in the eye to remove the cataract.
How is cataract surgery performed?
Cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You will be given local anesthesia, so you will be awake during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain. The surgeon will make a small incision in your eye and then use ultrasound waves to break up the cataract. The cataract will then be removed from the eye, and an artificial lens will be inserted in its place.
Recovery from cataract surgery
Recovery from cataract surgery is usually quick and easy. You may experience some discomfort and blurred vision for a few days after surgery. However, your vision should start to improve within a week or two. Most people are able to resume their normal activities within a few days of surgery.
Risks of cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is a very safe procedure, but there are some risks involved. These risks include:
Complications of cataract surgery
The most common complication of cataract surgery is infection. Infection can occur in the incision site or in the eye itself. Infection is usually treated with antibiotics. Other complications of cataract surgery include bleeding, retinal detachment, corneal edema, and glaucoma. These complications are rare, but they can be serious.
Cataract surgery is a very common and successful procedure. It can significantly improve your vision and allow you to enjoy your activities of daily living. If you are considering cataract surgery, talk to your eye doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure.