The modern surgical procedure is known as ‘phacoemulsification.’ In brief, this involves removing the cataract using a sophisticated ultrasound probe and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, known as an ‘intraocular lens’ or ‘IOL’ for short.
This procedure aims to provide you with a significant improvement in the clarity, brightness and sharpness of your vision. It is very important however to understand that cataract surgery will not restore vision that has been lost through other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.
Over the past decade, there have been significant advances in cataract surgery. In most cases, the operation is performed under ‘twilight anaesthetic’, using only local anaesthetic eye drops (no needles), in a convenient day surgery environment. There is minimal discomfort, no eye pad is required and the recovery from surgery is usually rapid. Most patients have ‘driving level vision’ within 1 week.