Cataracts are a very common eye condition that occurs as we age. Cataracts are formed when the lens in our eyes become cloudy. When this occurs, light cannot pass directly through your lens and vision is decreased. A cataract is neither a growth nor a film growing over the eye; it is simply the lens becoming foggy. Cataracts can be removed at any time and surgery is the only way to remove them. Due to modern equipment, there is no reason to wait for the cataract to become ‘ripe’ before removal. Most people choose to remove their cataracts when it starts to affect their vision and cause difficulties in everyday life.
During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Cataract surgery typically takes 10-12 minutes.
Surgery is usually done with local anesthesia, however, your ophthalmologists will discuss all your options with you.
Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about IOLs.