The lens of the eye (crystalline) must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. If the lens has become cloudy, this is called a cataract.
Consequently, your vision is blurry, cloudy or dim and things you see are not as bright or colorful as they used to be. Cataract may have developed in one or both of your eyes.
As the cataract progresses, you may begin to find that it interferes with your daily activities.
The surgical procedure used for removing cataracts is called phacoemulsification, using a high-frequency ultrasound to break up the center of the cloudy lens and carefully suction it out. Femtosecond laser (FS) can be also used during the first steps of the surgical procedure.
The cloudy lens removed will be replaced with an artificial intraocular lens made of plastic, silicone or acrylic. The IOL becomes a permanent part of your eye.
Following your surgery, it is very important to put in the eye drops exactly as prescribed to promote healing.
You can choose to have a multifocal or accommodative IOL in order to minimize or in some cases, eliminate completely your dependence on glasses.