Cataract surgery is a surgical procedure used to treat cataracts that are affecting your vision. It is the most common surgery performed at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
What is Cataract?
Cataract is a condition when the natural lens in your eye becomes progressively cloudy. Aging is the commonest cause of cataract.
Vision with Cataract
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
These symptoms can also be a sign of other eye problems. If you have any of these symptoms, check with your ophthalmologist.
There is no scientifically proven prevention. However, you can delay early onset cataracts with the following:
The most common cause of cataract is ageing.
The two preventable causes of cataract formation would be:
Cataract can also occur at a younger age if you:
As with any surgery, cataract surgery poses risks such as infection and bleeding. Before cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist may ask you to temporarily stop taking certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.
A possible complication that can occur during surgery is the rupture of the lens capsule (“bag”) that supports the lens. As a result of this complication, the artificial lens implant may have to be placed in a suitable alternative position, different from the original intended position. This may be performed during the same surgery or arranged as a separate operation.
Possible complications that may arise
after cataract surgery include:
Cataract is detected through a comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist.
In cataract surgery, the cloudy cataractous lens is removed and then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. The most common technique used in cataract surgery is phacoemulsification.
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