Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures, with over 3 million surgeries performed each year. Many people, especially over the age of 60, suffer from cataracts without even realizing they are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts. Most patients will complain about the dulling of colors and nighttime driving issues. Cataracts gradually limit a person’s ability to do simple tasks like reading a newspaper.
During the Procedure
Before the surgery your eye must be properly cleaned and dilated. A topical anesthetic is used on the top of the eye before the small incision is made. An ultrasonic devise will be inserted into this incision so that it can pulverize the hard yellow proteins that form the cataract, and remove them from the eye.
A folded intraocular lens will be inserted through the original incision. This lens will stay in place inside your eye, providing you with vision after the procedure. You will not be able to feel or sense this lens in any way. Your small incision will self-seal and you will not require any stitches.