Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Eye surgery on a cataract to restore vision

Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cataract surgery. Image 5 of 6. Patient undergoing cataract surgery. They have just had their faulty lens removed by phacoemulsification and the eye is now ready to have a replacement prosthetic lens inserted. Metal retractors are holding back the eyelids during the operation. A cataract is a loss of transparency of the lens of the eye. It is extremely common in old age, causing a gradual loss of visual acuity (sharpness) and increasing short-sightedness. For a series showing the surgical procedure, see images M570/186 - M570/191.

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