Share 22/11/2018 What is a Cataract Surgery? Every eye has a natural lens. The cloudiness seen in the lens is proof of the existence of a cataract. An eye that has a cataract will constantly see blurry images; it will feel as though one is looking at the world through a foggy screen. One of the most common vision problems of ageing is the development of a cataract. It impairs eyesight and if ignored, it limits the extent of seeing and perceiving till a stage where the individual can only make out the difference between darkness and light. A cataract can be removed through cataract surgery. This also means, the affected natural lens is taken out and replaced with an artificial lens to help you keep enjoying the gift of sight. The artificial lens is also called an intraocular lens or IOL that need to be FDA approved to be assured of quality. The cataract operation takes about 15-30 minutes to complete after which, the eyes need to rest . The recovery period for every individual differs and once comfortable, the individual can resume daily activities. Always consult an ophthalmologist who will examine the health of the eye and recommend further course of treatment. Even individuals with cataracts in both eyes can expect it to be removed around the same time by an expert. After undergoing a cataract surgery, vision may still seem blurry during the initial days of recovery as the eyes take time to adjust to light. One may experience itchy eyes, colours may appear too bright and mild discomfort for a period after which, the sight turns out to be as good as new. Here are some aftercare tips:- • Keep the eye area dry while having a shower • Eye drops as prescribed by the ophthalmologist • Avoid activities that require you to bend • Avoid swimming • Give ample rest to your eyes. It will be a surprise as to how quickly an individual can recover from a cataract surgery and be able to resume normal life. Choose an eye doctor that understands your eye and can offer you a solution that lasts.