Cataracts affect over 22 million Americans (in most cases age 40 or older) and are present in 90% of Americans 65 and older. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in those over 55.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, a surgery is typically performed to remove the clouded natural crystalline lens containing the cataract and replace it with a clear acrylic lens known as an intraocular lens.
During this procedure, your clouded or hard natural crystalline lens is removed and then replaced with a new artificial lens. You can expect the procedure to take less than 30 minutes and in most instances, patients notice improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure. For some, there may be an adjustment period where they experience halos and glare around light. In most cases, this goes away over time.
When having cataract surgery, only one eye is treated at a time and will book another surgery for a later time to take care of the other eye. Since cataract surgery is outpatient, you won’t need to plan for an overnight stay. Most people are able to return to normal activities the day after their procedure.