A cataract surgery is considered to be one of the most cost-effective medical interventions of all time. The biggest bang for your buck, if you will. A cataract surgery is a simple procedure that takes about 20 minutes to complete and will fully restore the patient’s sight within a day. This can cost as little as $25. The fact that such a low-cost, simple procedure can change a life so dramatically, from darkness to sight, is a truly remarkable fact.
To understand how a cataract surgery works, we must first understand what we are fixing. A cataract is a thickening and clouding of the lens of the eye. As it progresses, the patient’s vision will become increasingly opaque until they can no longer see, resulting in total blindness. So, to treat this, we must remove the clouded over lens and replace it with a new one.
- First and foremost, the eye will be treated with a local anesthesia.
- The cloudy natural lens, or cataract, is then removed.
- The doctor will then insert a synthetic intraocular lens, or IOL, into the incision. The IOL will replace the patient’s original lens.
- The patient’s eye is then covered and left to heal over night.
- The next day, the patch is removed, and the patient will be able to see for the first time in years, or in their life!