Cataract Surgery and Misconceptions

When one discusses about cataract, a lot of people find themselves short of clarity as there exist quite a few misconceptions as well as those old wives’ tales. There is no dearth of myths about this vision related complication with the top ones being that cataract grows on top of eyes and that it gets ripened up if not taken care of in time. In order to save you from such pieces of misinformation that are abound in the market these days, here is a short list of some common myths and facts related to cataract and cataract surgery that you must be aware of at all cost.

imagesMyth 1: Cataract tends to grow on top of human’s eyes

Fact: This can easily be touted as the most common and the biggest myth of all related to cataract. But as mentioned earlier, this is nothing but a huge misconception among people across the globe. Cataracts are basically a clouding of the eye’s lens. And as you must know, lens is located within the eye. So it is just not possible for cataract to grow or develop on top of one’s eyes. The eye lens is actually constituted of water and protein fibers. These are arranged in such a manner that they allow the passage of light through them pretty easily. However, with age these protein fibers get clumped together around in small portions. When this clumping gets big enough, it takes the form of a disease which we refer it to as cataract.

Myth 2: Cataract can easily be removed with the help of laser surgery

Fact: This is again one of the biggest myths surrounding cataract surgery in Sydney. What you ought to know is the fact that cataract just cannot be ‘removed’ with the help of even the most advanced forms of lasers available these days. This is because the so called clumping of protein takes places inside the lens, and not over it. So, it is practically not possible to remove the cataract. The advanced laser eye surgery done these days to treat cataract involves breaking up of the natural lens. This lens is then replaced by an instrument used in laser surgery called phaco probe. Once the natural lens is removed, it is then easily replaced with an highly advanced artificial lens within the eye where the natural lens was located. So this is how the actual procedure takes place.


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