Doctor explaining the steps of cataract surgery

The Process of Cataract Surgery


Cataract Surgery Procedures

Guidelines for patients interested in cataract surgery

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.

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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.

Undergoing Surgery

What to expect

Before undergoing surgery, you should be well informed about the procedure. Find a step-by-step guide here: from the decision-making process, to walking out of the operating room.

After Surgery

Tips for optimal healing

Recovery after cataract surgery is relatively short, but varies per individual. For the healing process to be optimal, there are some things to keep in mind after the procedure.


What to keep in mind

Cataract surgery is a very common, proven and established procedure. Like all surgeries however, it is not completely free of risks and side effects. Learn about them to make an informed treatment decision.


What role should the price play?

When choosing a physician to perform your surgery, and the type of lens to be implanted, you shouldn’t decide based on the price tag only. All factors should be considered to get the results you expect.