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Cataract Surgery

The decision to proceed with cataract surgery should be made with your doctor after he/she measures your vision, examines your eyes, and listens to your description of the visual problems you are experiencing. With modern medical technology, cataracts are routinely treated safely and effectively using microsurgical techniques. Today cataract extraction is one of the most successful surgical procedures – about 98% of all cataract surgery procedures result in improved vision.

Cataract surgery is performed through a microscope with the assistance of several highly trained operating room personnel in a suite with specialised eye surgery equipment. During the early stages of cataract development, more frequent changes in your glasses prescription may be sufficient to restore adequate vision. Surgery should be considered when the reduced vision caused by cataracts begins to interfere with normal daily activities such as reading and driving, even when corrective glasses are used. Although the potential risks of surgery must be weighed against its potential benefits, delaying surgery can lead to accidents when driving as well as personal injury such as falls. In addition surgical removal of advanced cataract is more difficult than the removal of less dense cataracts.

Cataract surgery restores quality vision for millions of patients each year. Good vision is vital to an enjoyable lifestyle. Numerous research studies show that cataract surgery restores quality-of-life functions including reading, working, moving around, hobbies, safety, self-confidence, independence, daytime and night-time driving, community and social activities, mental health and overall life satisfaction.

Cataract surgery is performed in a day surgery setting, and does not require an overnight admission. Over twenty years ago, thick glasses were prescribed so that people could see following cataract surgery. However now, small artificial lenses are implanted in the eye which can provide good distance vision with thin glasses, or sometimes no glasses at all.
While cataract surgery is a very safe procedure, there are risks and complications as with any surgery that your doctor will discuss with you. Most complications resolve in a matter of days to months. In rare cases patients lose some degree of vision permanently as a result of the surgery. Most risks of cataract surgery are well known and although procedures are designed to prevent them, they may occur even in the hands of an experienced surgeon who performs the procedure flawlessly.

After Surgery
Can a cataract come back?

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