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Cataract Surgery: Top 10 Myths from 1 to 10*. First in a Series of Three

December 20, 2016

1. Cataract Surgery is Painful

Cataract surgery may make a patient anxious, as any surgery would, but it shouldn’t hurt. After anesthesia is given to the patient, the surgeon will numb the eye. Once the eye is completely numb, the surgeon will perform the cataract surgery. The surgeon will remove the clouded, hard lens within the eye with a crisp, clear new synthetic lens. The vast majority of patients report the cataract surgery was easier than they expected.

hand writing the word cataract in black marker

2. Patients can tell when they have cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eyes natural lens. This clouding process typically happens slowly and gradually. At times, patients do not truly recognize how much their cataracts are affecting them because they have adapted to it. Most patients have cataract surgery in their 60s or 70s, though cataracts can begin developing much earlier.

3. Halos around lights are normal

The rings around lights at night that many see are not a classic symptom of cataracts. Post cataract surgery the majority of patients report that it easier for them to drive at night.

*Based on an AARP-Alcon survey in 2013

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