Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a clear permanent implant. This is an often straightforward procedure, and usually takes less than 10 minutes to perform. There is no need for general anesthesia, which reduces the risk of surgery greatly, and no needles are used around the eye - only topical eye drops are needed to numb the eye. In addition, this is a no-stitch surgery. The implants can reduce or eliminate the need for any glasses after surgery because they can correct for hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and the need for reading glasses. Recovery is very quick and painless- patients can usually see quite clearly the next day, and often can resume normal activities within a few days.

Routine cataract surgery is so well tolerated that it has become the most common surgery performed in the US. As a result of many high-tech developments in all aspects of cataract surgery, the operation is more successful and has an extremely quick recovery time.

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