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A cataract is a condition in which the lens of they eye becomes cloudy and a person's vision becomes blurred. During cataract surgery, the doctor will remove the damaged or diseased lens and replace it with an intraocular or artificial lens. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and the patient has a very short recovery period. The actual surgery may take as little as 10 minutes to complete. The pupil is dilated and the eye is numbed with anesthetic drops. A small incision is placed in the eye and the lenses are exchanged. The procedure is rather simple and the patient will be ready to go home within a few hours.
Cataracts can be caused by a person's genetic makeup, general complications with the aging process, and as a result of other health conditions. Individuals who have had prior eye surgeries may be more prone to cataracts than someone who has never had any injuries to the eye or health conditions that had a dramatic effect on the eyes. Cataracts can also develop as the tissues within the eye begin to change. This can be the result of exposure to chemicals, sunlight, medications, or health conditions like diabetes, or hypoglycemia. Most individuals who begin to develop cataracts later in life, do so because of the changes brought on because of the aging process.
Cataracts are not painful. They develop gradually causing minor disruptions in a person's vision. Vision becomes cloudy or blurry requiring more light to see clearly. Halos may appear around lights and a person may see a bright glare when looking near a light source. As a person's vision gradually worsens, the prescription of their lenses will have to updated. When it comes to the point that changes in the patient's prescription no longer seem to provide effective results, the doctor may recommend cataract surgery to eliminate the problem. Once the surgery has been performed, the patient's vision should dramatically improve.
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