Microsurgery to remove cataract from eye

Microsurgery to remove cataract from eye

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Caption: Cataract surgery. A surgeon's gloved hands operate on a patient's eye through a small hole in a sheet covering the patient. The eye has been clamped open and a small incision has been cut in the sclera (the white of the eye). This is part of an operation to remove a cataract from the patient's eye. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye be- comes cloudy or opaque, impairing vision. The eye is cut open and the diseased lens removed. An art- ificial, plastic lens is then put in its place, restoring normal vision. The surgeon usually uses a microscope to give a magnified view of the eye during cataract surgery. Part of this can be seen here above the patient.

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Keywords: cataract, cataract surgery, eye, eye lens, eye surgery, healthcare, incision, lens, medical, medicine, microsurgery, surgery, surgical, treatment

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