Cataract surgery

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Cataract surgery is when they operate on the eye this means that they replace the cloudy lens inside of the eye they put this metal brace on your eye to hold your eye open and then they operate. Surgery to eye must be taken to precaution because if not careful they can damage a nerve or vessel to the eye. If your optician thinks you have cataracts, you may be referred to an eye specialist  for more tests and treatment. If your cataracts are not too bad, stronger glasses and brighter reading lights may help for a while. But cataracts get worse over time, so you’ll eventually need surgery to remove and replace the affected lens.

It can take after eye surgery 2 – 6 weeks to recover from this. Cataracts are when the lens of your eye, a small transparent disc, develops cloudy patches. When we’re young, our lenses are usually like clear glass, allowing us to see through them. As we get older they start to become frosted, like bathroom glass, and begin to limit our vision. Cataracts most commonly affect adults as a result of ageing.

Before surgery, you’ll be referred to a specialist eye doctor for an assessment. During the assessment different measurements will be taken of your eyes and your eyesight. The assessment is an opportunity to discuss anything to do with your operation, including:

  • your lens preference, such as near sight or long sight
  • the risks and benefits of surgery
  • if you’ll need glasses after surgery
  • how long you’ll take to fully recover

If you’re used to using 1 eye for distance and 1 for reading, which is called monovision, you can ask to stay that way. This usually means you’ll get a near-sight lens fitted in 1 eye and a long-sighted lens fitted in the other eye any consurons about any eye problem call 111 for information .