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Things are looking up for people who have problems seeing eye to eye with the world.
Refined techniques and high-tech equipment are making eye surgeries safer and less painful than ever, according to two Austin ophthalmologists.
Watching the world grow dim as cataracts cloud a person's vision can be frightening.
No one really knows all the factors that contribute to cataracts, although heredity, injuries, ultraviolet light, drugs, X-rays and occupations such as arc welding or glass blowing all play a part, said Dr. Doyle Leslie of the Texan Eye Center. Recent studies also implicate smoking as a cause.
"Cataract surgery has changed so much and is still changing," he said.
Old cataract surgery techniques, which included slitting the cornea and removing the entire cataract, was agonizing and required a long recovery period, Leslie said.
Patient's eyeglass prescriptions would not stabilize for about two to …