A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. The light entering the eye scatters and images can become blurry. When cataracts interfere with your daily activities then it is likely time to consider cataract surgery, the only effective treatment.
In cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the cataract and replaces it with a clear artificial implant, restoring your vision. Routine cataract surgery is a painless 20-minute outpatient day procedure. For more information on what to expect with cataract surgery, including risks and benefits of the procedure, please visit the cataract surgery page.
Here we take you through the steps in cataract surgery with illustrations, video, and a photo-essay.
Narrated video of routine cataract surgery
Step by step overview of cataract surgery
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Wait times for cataract surgery are updated quarterly, with wait 1 representing how long it takes to get in to see the surgeon in the office, and wait 2, how long it takes after that to get in for surgery.