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Cataract Surgery

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
Other topics: Eye Surgery
 Blepharitis  
 Cataract  
 Color Vision Defects - Color Blindness  
 Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye  
 Corneal Disorders  
 Diabetic Retinopathy  
 Diabetic Retinopathy and Photographic Screening  
 Eye Diseases  
 Eye Infections  
 Eye Injuries  
 Eyelid Disorders  
 Eyewear  
 Flashers and Floaters  
 Glaucoma  
 LASIK  
 Macular Degeneration  
 Photographic Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy  
 Refractive Errors  
 Retinal Disorders  
 Retinal Tear and Detachment  
 Usher Syndrome  
 Vision Impairment  
 
Keywords

cataract, artificial lens, glasses, clouded lens, retina, intraocular lens, IOL, cornea, phacoemulsification, extracapsular surgery, capsule, laser, vision loss, bmhead

Overview *

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, and is very common after age 65. Signs of cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Faded colors
- Double vision

In mild cases, eyeglasses may help for a period of time. Cataract surgery is recommended as vision becomes more blurred. During an outpatient procedure, the eye itself is numbed. The clouded lens is then removed and replaced with an artificial permanent lens which has been selected for you. Only one eye is done at a time. It is very important to follow your doctor’s care instructions for several weeks after surgery to ensure a healthy and successful outcome.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Cataracts | Symptoms
Treatment Options | Surgery
Risks & Complications | After Operation
Summary

 
 

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This patient education program is for patients whose doctor may suggest cataract surgery. Included are the following sections: Anatomy, Cataracts, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment, Surgery, Risks & Complications, and After the Operation.

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Last reviewed: 4/19/2009

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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