Overview of Cataract Surgery

blurredCataracts can affect everyone eventually.  It is a condition that is age-related but there are other causes that can lead to the formation of a cataract.  Typically a slow, progressive cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens, cataracts cause distorted, blurry, and/or foggy vision, often with a halo or glare effect around lights. Cataract is a serious condition that often starts with mild symptoms, but gradually affects the ability to read, sew, drive and function efficiently.  Over time, you can expect that your vision will worsen until the cataract is removed.


The effects of mild cataracts can often be treated with an increase in your eyewear prescription. However, this by no means eliminates the problem, and more effective surgical treatment will ultimately be necessary. The cataract surgeons at The Eye Institute of Utah are some of the most skilled and respected in the OR and are recognized across the world for their expertise. With cataract surgery, our doctors will remove the cataract and replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL); a lens implant that can improve your vision and sometimes even eliminate your need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Cataract surgery is a successful and effective way of restoring your vision.  It is one of the most common procedures performed today.

Cataract Recovery

Recovery time from cataract surgery typically varies with each patient; however, you will go home the same day as your surgery, with full healing taking place over the next several weeks. Our cataract surgeons will provide you with medicinal eyedrops and protective shields for your eyes to keep them safe from harm in the days following the procedure. Typically vision is noticeably improved by the next day and continues to improve for several weeks.

Take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about cataracts, or contact The Eye Institute to schedule an appointment.

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