A cataract is a clouding of the natural focusing lens inside the eye. It is derived from the Greek word for waterfall.
Cataract surgery is the most common type of eye operation performed around the world. With modern techniques, the recovery is far more rapid than it used to be, and long-term results are excellent in the majority of cases.
If you experience symptoms of cataract, then surgery may help to improve the quality of your vision. You should ensure that you have had a thorough eye examination with an experienced cataract surgeon.
Cataract surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic. Precision microsurgery is performed to carefully remove the cataract and insert a customised artificial lens. The lens is selected to give clear vision at distance, near, or both. There are several makes and models of artificial intraocular lenses (IOL). Not all lenses work for all patients.
Post-operative care involves eye drops for 3-4 weeks.