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Definition of Surgery, cataract

Surgery, cataract: Removal of the clouded (cataractous) lens in its entirety via surgery and replacement of the lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) made of plastic. A typical cataract operation takes about an hour, requires local anesthesia only, and usually does not require hospitalization.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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