How are cataracts treated?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Laura D. Cook, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, explains how cataracts affect your vision including how cataracts are treated.

    Host: How are cataracts treated?

    Dr. Laura D. Cook: So, the only treatment we have available right now is surgical treatment and many patients will enquire whether this means if they actually have to have an incision and yes, it does mean that you have an incision and there are two places that incision can be made. One is on the white part of the sclera of the eye, the other is on the cornea or the clear window right here on the eye. This incision is generally just a few millimeters and doesn't need a suture or a stitch. However, there are times that stitches are used and then an ultrasound probe is used to divide the lens and then remove the lens and then a plastic or artificial lens made of either acrylic, PMMA or silicon is inserted then to focus light inside of the eye.