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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery - Treatments

How is cataract surgery performed?

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. 

  • The duration of cataract surgery usually takes about 30 minutes to complete in routine cases.
  • This is a day surgery procedure and you will not be required to stay in hospital.
  • You are required to come back for a follow up visit the next day.
  • An anaesthetist will be with you during surgery to provide sedation to make you  feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Depending on the individual,  you may not be totally asleep during surgery, however you will remain comfortable and will not be able to witness the ongoing surgery. Anaesthetic eye drops and/or injections will be given to help minimise the discomfort. It is important to cooperate by not talking or moving your head and body during the surgery.

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Cataract Surgery - Preparing for surgery

Cataract Surgery - Post-surgery care

Cataract Surgery - Other Information

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