How do you treat cataracts?
Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove a cloudy lens, called a cataract, from the eye and replace it with a clear artificial lens. Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss, particularly in older people, and cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to improve vision and reduce the symptoms of cataracts.
There are several different techniques for performing cataract surgery, but the most common method is called phacoemulsification, or “phaco.”
During this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the eye and inserts a thin, flexible tube called a phacoemulsification probe. The probe uses ultrasound waves to break up the cloudy lens into small pieces, which are then suctioned out of the eye.
Once the cataract is removed, the surgeon replaces it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are several types of IOLs available, including monofocal, multifocal, and toric lenses. The type of lens chosen will depend on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
Cataract surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Most people experience a significant improvement in vision after cataract surgery, but it may take several weeks or months for vision to stabilize and fully recover.
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