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How is surgery used to treat cataracts?

Once a cataract begins to affect a person's ability to perform their normal, day-today activities, doctors may recommend surgery. Doctors perform surgery to remove the cataract by making a tiny cut in the eye and using an ultrasound to break up the cataract. The doctor then removes the pieces and replaces the lens of the eye with an artificial one. If for some reason doctors cannot place an artificial lens in the eye, the patient will need to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to help them see clearly following surgery. People with cataracts in both eyes will usually need two separate surgeries.

The preferred method of cataract surgery is lens replacement with a synthetic intraocular lens. Cataract surgery is generally indicated when cataract symptoms interfere with a person's ability to perform independent daily living needs.

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