Doctor-and-Patient-2With cataract surgery, your eye's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens, or IOL). Your ophthalmologist will discuss the cataract surgery procedure, preparation for and recovery after surgery, the benefits and possible complications of cataract surgery, cataract surgery costs and other important information.

Cataract surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight hospital stay.

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Reviewed by Dr. Elena Jiménez on Feb. 1, 2014

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