Cataract surgery is the only effective method to treat cataracts nowadays. It is widely regarded as safe and reliable. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the world. During surgery, the natural clouded lens is permanently replaced with a very small artificial lens – a so-called intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure is well-established and constantly evolving with new technology: for example, new types of intraocular lenses, and more precise devices for diagnosis and imaging during surgery.
Cataract surgery has very good and sustainable results. Most people’s sight improves soon after surgery. However, as with each surgical procedure, you should keep a few things in mind. Read through the following sections to learn more about the process of cataract surgery and what happens during each step of the procedure.
With cataracts, the crystalline lens of the eye becomes gradually clouded, causing impaired vision. The cloudy lens needs to be removed and replaced by an artificial intraocular lens to restore vision. Watch the video to learn about the changes in the natural lens and the process of cataract surgery.