A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.
Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.
At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.


Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 10 to 60 minutes.
It’s often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.
During the operation, the surgeon will make a tiny cut in your eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one.
Only one operaton is carried out in a day for just one eye. In next days, another surgery is carried out for the other eye.

After Surgery

You should use eye drops after surgery and follow your doctor’s directions for using these drops for a month.
You should avoid getting soap or water directly in the eye, especially in the following first week after the surgery.
You should not rub or press on your eye. Your ophthalmologist may ask you to wear eyeglasses or a shield to protect your eye.
Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about how active you can be soon after surgery. For example; you should not go to pool or to sea for swimming.