your doctor has told you that you have a cataract, don't be alarmed. Over
half of those over 65 have some cataract development and most cases can
be treated successfully with surgery.
most effective treatment for cataracts is a small operation to remove
the cloudy lens. This cannot be performed by laser, although laser treatment
is sometimes needed afterwards. Diets or drugs have not been shown to
slow or stop the development of the cataract.
the past, eye specialists often waited until the cataract became `ripe'
before suggesting you had it removed. Nowadays, with
What happens in the operation?
before the operation you will be given eye drops to enlarge your pupil
and something to help you relax if you want this.
operation is performed with the aid of a microscope through a small cut
in the top of the eye. This is closed using small
I want to reassure you that your eye is not taken out of its socket during surgery. The operation is not painful and often, stitches are not needed.
After the operation:
sight will usually improve within a few days, although complete healing
may take a month. It is a good idea to have
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