In 1747, the first modern cataract surgery was carried out.
A procedure to remove a cataract was first successfully carried out in 1747 by French ophthalmologist Jacques Daviel. The treatment was only carried out in the most extreme circumstances because the entire lens was removed. Unfortunately, other fields of medicine had not evolved as much. The incision remained open because fine sutures were not yet invented. Sandbags were employed to keep the patient motionless while the injury healed.
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