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Surgical Procedure for Cataract Removal

Cataract surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia on an out-patient basis, with a quick return to normal activities. Your ophthalmologist uses a microscope and delicate instruments to remove the cataract. In most cases, the focusing power of the eye is restored by placing a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) implant inside the eye.

The plastic lens implant is held in place by a natural membrane in the eye. In approximately 20% of people, this natural membrane will become cloudy, causing a decrease in vision. When this occurs, a laser can be used to open this cloudy membrane and restore vision. The laser is only used after the initial cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is highly successful. Improved vision occurs in over 90% of patients who have the surgery. Of course, no surgery is 100% successful, and it is imperative that you understand that complications can occur during or after the surgery. Some of these complications can be severe enough to limit vision. As with any surgery, a good result cannot be guaranteed. Make sure to discuss the surgery in detail with your doctor, and have all of your questions answered.

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