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How can surgery help with treating cataracts?

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There are several kinds of operations for cataracts, but they all have one thing in common: Your surgeon takes out the cloudy lens that keeps you from seeing clearly and replaces it with an artificial one.

You might feel a little squeamish about the idea of an operation on a sensitive spot like your eye. But it's a very common procedure, and it doesn't hurt. During the surgery, you'll have medicine called local anesthesia to numb your eye. You’ll be awake, but you won't feel anything.

SOURCES:

Stanford Health Care: "Cataract Symptoms."

Mayo Clinic: "Cataracts."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

NYU Langone Health: "Surgery for Cataract in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cataracts and Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery: Management and Treatment."

UpToDate: "Cataract in adults."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Is Astigmatism?" "Astigmatism Symptoms," "Cataract Surgery," Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment," "Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery," "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Stanford Health Care: "Cataract Symptoms."

Mayo Clinic: "Cataracts."

American Optometric Association: "Cataract."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Cataract."

NYU Langone Health: "Surgery for Cataract in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cataracts and Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery: Management and Treatment."

UpToDate: "Cataract in adults."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What Is Astigmatism?" "Astigmatism Symptoms," "Cataract Surgery," Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment," "Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery," "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

Royal National Institute of Blind People: "Posterior capsule opacification -- why laser treatment is sometimes needed following cataract surgery."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

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