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Hello! My grandfather has been diagnosed with cataract. The doc says it is not so bad, and that the operations can be delayed for a couple of years, so that is what we decided he would do. However, I am interested in cataract surgeries. I would like to know if cataract can be treated with lasik surgery! What happens to one’s lenses during the surgery? Thank you so much for the info!

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Hello. Lasik surgery is not used for cataract. Cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. During a surgery, an old lens is removed and a new one placed. There are two procedures for treating cataract, a conventional and a modern. Extra capsular cataract extraction – ECCE is a conventional technique. It requires an incision of 10-12mm. In this procedure, clouded lens is removed in one piece A non-foldable lens is implanted and multiple stitches are required. Micro-incision cataract surgery – phacoemulsification is a modern technique. It is a micro-incisional stitch less operation where cataract is emulsified by ultrasound energy, liquefied & sucked through the phacoemulsifier probe. Then a foldable intra-ocular lens is implanted in the eye permanently. It is least traumatic form of cataract surgery with early rehabilitation & recuperation. On the other hand, lasik surgery is used for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In this procedure, the front surface of the eye (cornea) is being reshaped. I hope I managed to clear up some things for you.
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