UNDERSTANDING
CATARACT SURGERY

WHAT HAPPENS DURING CATARACT SURGERY?

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).

less then 30 minutes

Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that generally lasts less than 30 minutes.

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The procedure generally involves the following steps:

1

A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb your eye(s).

2

A tiny incision is made in the cornea.

3

A specialised instrument is used to break up and remove the cataract.

4

A new intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted where the cataract once was.

5

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.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE RECOVERY TIME?

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.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

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.

millions

OVER 4 MILLION

People have cataract surgery every year across EU Member States.

95% success rate

Complications are uncommon and most can be treated successfully.
Cataract surgery risks include:

  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary cataract
  • Loss of vision

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.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE MY VISION
 TO “SETTLE” AFTER SURGERY?

Most people find they have good vision in the treated eye within a few days of the surgery.

You may experience some visual disturbances, especially under dim light conditions. However, these disturbances are expected to disappear over time after the surgery.