Phacoemulsification surgery for cataracts

How a cataract looks

Picture of how a cataract looks
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In a normal eye, the lens—which lies behind the pupil—is clear (transparent), so the pupil appears black. In an eye with a severe cataract, the cataract clouds the lens. So the eye doctor sees the pupil as gray or cloudy.

Last Updated: September 9, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, FRCSC - Ophthalmology

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