Definition - What does Cataract Surgery mean?
Cataract surgery is the surgical treatment of cataract. In normal conditions, an eye's lens is clear. However, someone who suffers from cataract has a cloudy vision as if he/she is looking through a dusty car windshield. If the cataract gives a patient a hard time in their everyday life, they may consider cataract surgery. Through this procedure, the lens of the affected eye is removed and, usually, it is replaced with an artificial one. That lens is known as intraocular lens.
TheConsultation explains Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient setting. That means patients don't have to stay for the night in the clinic after the surgery, only for 15-30 minutes in the recovery area. The lens removal can be either achieved traditionally by ultrasound energy or through laser-assisted technology. During the procedure, the patient is awake, however, the eye will be numbed with eye drops or with a peripheral injection. After surgery, special eye drops are used and a protective eye shield is worn during sleep. In general, cataract surgery is a very common and safe operation.