What are cataracts?
A cataract forms when the normally clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but some medications can speed up its onset. Sun protection and quitting smoking may slow down the development of cataracts. Cataracts are common in older people. Symptoms may include blurred vision, glare, reduced night vision or decreased contrast of colours.
How are cataracts diagnosed and treated?
Initially cataracts may be managed with glasses but may progress to needing to be removed with an operation to be able to see clearly.
What to expect with cataract surgery?
Almost all operations are carried out under local anaesthetic in a day surgery environment. The operation usually takes about 30 minutes or less, with about a 2-3 hour stay in the hospital. A stay in hospital overnight is generally not needed.
Any questions regarding surgery are best discussed with your ophthalmologist.
Who performs cataract surgery?