Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.
Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision. According to Medibank Better Health Index there is an increase in Australians living with cataracts, particularly women aged over 80.
At first, stronger lighting and prescription glasses can help you deal with cataracts. When your prescription glasses can’t clear your vision, the only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Fortunately, modern day cataract surgery is a very safe and effective procedure with a success rate of over 95%. For most patients, having cataract surgery also provides the opportunity to eliminate glasses for some tasks.
To determine whether you have a cataract, visit our highly qualified surgeons at FOCUS EYE CENTRE. Our surgeons will review your medical history and symptoms and perform an eye examination. Surgeons usually recommend a microsurgical procedure to remove the cataract from the eye if the cataracts affect your quality of life, interfere with your ability to perform normal daily activities, such as reading or driving at night or prevent the examination or detection of other eye diseases in the future.
FOCUS EYE CENTRE uses leading technology, the Alcon Infiniti Vision System (Phacoemulsifier) to perform cataract surgery. The clouded lens is removed using the phacoemulsification (emulsification of the lens using an ultrasonic hand piece) and is then replaced with an intraocular artificial lens. The artificial lens remains a permanent part of your eye. The implanted lens is selected very carefully so as to correct the patient’s refractive error. Some lens implants can correct astigmatism. Some implants are custom made to suit an individual need. The procedure is performed using local anaesthesia and intra-venous sedation.
Cataract surgery is safe and serious complications are rare but need to be considered. As with any surgery, there are associated risks which include cloudy vision, pressure rise, damage or dislocation of the lens, inflammation, infection, blindness, bleeding and loss of eyesight.
After the procedure, you’ll have some discomfort for a few days. Healing generally occurs within eight weeks. If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, your doctor will schedule surgery to remove the cataract in the second eye after you’ve healed from the first surgery.
If you choose not to undergo cataract surgery now, our surgeons may recommend periodic follow-up exams to see if your cataracts are progressing. How often you’ll see our surgeon depends on your situation. To book your consultation in today, or to find our more, call our friendly team on: (02) 9663 3927