During cataract surgery, a cataract (a cloudy eye lens located between the pupil and iris) is removed and then replaced with an intraocular lens implant. In order to prevent posterior capsule opacity, the capsule that holds the lens is maintained. This procedure usually results in a return of normal vision.
Also Known As:
- Eye surgery
- Eye lens removal
Conditions Treated with Cataract Surgery:
Cataract surgery is utilized in order to treat impaired vision that is due to a cataract.
Non-surgical alternatives to cataract surgery include lighting changes, magnification and the use of corrective glasses and bifocals. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Cataract Surgery:
Cataract surgery is performed with a local anesthetic and sometimes sedation.
Potential Complications from Cataract Surgery:
Possible risks following cataract surgery include inflammation, bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience lens implant displacement, a detached retina and an increase in intraocular eye pressure.
Prognosis after Cataract Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following cataract surgery is good.
Recovery from Cataract Surgery:
The total recovery time for cataract surgery is about two weeks.