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Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens of your eye. Your lens is behind the coloured part of your eye (iris). Its job is to focus light onto the back of your eye. In some people, cataracts prevent light from reaching the back of the eye. This can cause vision problems.
Cataract surgery helps you see better. It replaces your natural lens, which has become cloudy, with a clear artificial one.
There are several types of cataract surgery. They include:
Before surgery, you may be given medicine to help you relax. Medicine will be used to numb your eye. The surgery takes about 20 to 40 minutes. After surgery, you may have a bandage or shield on your eye.
You will probably go home from surgery after 1 hour in the recovery room. You may be able to go back to work or your normal routine in a few days. Most people see better in 1 to 3 days. It could take 3 to 10 weeks for your eye to completely heal. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp MD - Ophthalmology
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