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A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye.  This lens, located behind the iris, or colored part of the eye, works just like the lens of a camera—focusing light images on the retina, which sends the images to your brain.  The human lens made mostly of protein and water can become clouded.  Eye injury, certain diseases or even some medications can cause the clouding, but the clouding is usually caused by the aging process.

The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the old, clouded lens and provide a replacement.  Cataract surgery has undergone tremendous technological advancements in recent years.  In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye through a surgical incision, in the most cases; the natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant.



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