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Clearing the Mist on Your Eye: What is Cataract Surgery?

The condition of cataracts is common among elderly men and women in the world causing blindness. The condition occurs when the eye’s natural lens becomes foggy, leading to blurred vision and loss eventually. Cataract surgery is a highly effective procedure aimed at restoring vision by removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one.

Here’s everything you need to know about cataract surgery, including its procedure, benefits, and what to expect.



What are Cataracts?

Cataracts happen as protein builds up on your lenses thus cloudiness develops. Eventually, this hazy covering gets worse causing vision impairment. Symptoms that are common in people suffering from cataracts include blurry vision, light sensitivity, poor visibility at night, and glowing circles around lights. Cataracts affect normal activities such as reading, driving or even recognizing people because more complications arise as it progresses.


What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations globally; it’s also considered a safe procedure that has high success rates. The operation can be done as an outpatient meaning the patient can go home the same day. During the procedure, surgeons remove your clouds and then restore them using artificial lenses referred to as intraocular lenses (IOLs).


The Procedure

The operation itself often takes less than an hour on average so it is relatively fast. Patients usually receive local anesthesia which is applied on their eye although others may be sedated so that they feel comfortable during surgery. In advanced surgical techniques, a small cut will be made in your eye by a surgeon who will then use ultrasonic energy to break apart your milky lens. Afterwards, the surgeon removes it completely inserting an artificial one called intra-ocular lens(IOL) in its place.


Recovery and Postoperative Care

Following surgery for cataracts, patients recover fast. Improved vision is seen within a few days by most people and this keeps increasing for a couple of weeks. It is necessary to strictly follow your surgeon’s post-eye surgery care instructions like using prescribed eye drops, avoiding strenuous activities, and going through scheduled checkups.


Benefits of Cataract Surgery

The benefits of cataract surgery are not limited to improvement in vision only. For many patients, the procedure results in clearer, sharper vision, allowing them to see more clearly and perform daily activities with greater ease. In addition, cataract surgery can enhance perception of color as well as night vision while reducing glare resulting in an overall improvement in quality of life.

Further, older adults have lower risks of falls and other accidents associated with vision loss if they undergo cataract surgeries. It assists elderly individuals to remain active independently longer since it brings their eyesight back.


Risks and Considerations

Cataract surgery has been proven safe and highly successful but like any other surgical process, it also has risks attached to it. These may involve infection, inflammation, or swelling as well as retinal detachment which are very rare conditions. Therefore, you should consult with your ophthalmologist before opting for the intervention so that all the potential benefits and risks become clear and in case you need further clarifications concerning the cataract surgery.


Why Choose Vasan Eye Care Hospital?

If you’re considering cataract surgery, look no further than Vasan Eye Care Hospital. With our cutting-edge technology and skilled medical staff, we offer top-notch eye care in Sri Lanka. Experience the difference for yourself—let Vasan Eye Care Hospital help you regain clear vision and brighten your outlook on life.


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