During cataract surgery, an eye surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens from your eye and replaces it with a new, artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that generally lasts less than 30 minutes.
A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb your eye(s).
A tiny incision is made in the cornea.
A specialised instrument is used to break up and remove the cataract.
A new intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted where the cataract once was.
You may be given an eyepatch to use for a short time following the surgery.
Your new lens becomes a permanent part of your eye, just like the natural lens that you were born with. Once it’s in place, you won’t be able to see or feel it and it doesn’t need any special care.
Recovery from cataract surgery is usually very quick, with most patients returning to regular activities within a day. You will need to use eye drops after the surgery. Be sure to follow your eye surgeon's instructions.
Although cataract surgery is a common, effective, and relatively quick procedure, it has potential for complications as with any other surgery.
Be sure to talk to your eye care professional ahead of your procedure to learn more about all of the risks associated with cataract surgery.
People have cataract surgery every year across EU Member States.
Complications are uncommon and most can be treated successfully.
Cataract surgery risks include:
The risk of complications increases if you have a pre-existing eye disease or a medical condition. Discuss the risks of cataract surgery with your eye care professional.