What is a cataract?
How are cataracts treated?
FAQ: 3 common questions
- Do I need to have cataract surgery?
- Not all cataracts need to be removed straight away. Whilst cataract surgery is safe and effective, it is still a surgical procedure and not without risks. It is important that your ophthalmologist discusses possible risks and benefits of surgery specific to your individual circumstances, and helps you to weigh up your options. Ultimately our goal is to improve your quality of life by improving and optimising your vision.
- Are there different types of intraocular lens`s?
- Several different types of highly refined synthetic intraocular lenses can be placed in your eye, each with advantages and disadvantages. The ophthalmologists at Cataract & Glaucoma Specialists will take the time to discuss your treatment options and work with you to determine the best choice for your individual circumstances.
- What is laser cataract surgery?
- Laser cataract surgery is a new technology, and there is currently debate as to whether this produces better outcomes, and whether the extra cost is justified. The ophthalmologists at Cataract & Glaucoma Specialists are very happy to discuss this option with you.
Your Road to Seeing Clearer
What is Cataract Surgery?
Are there different types of intraocular lenses?
The ophthalmologists at Cataract & Glaucoma Specialists are proud to use the latest generation of lenses with a proven record of safety and comfort.
Intraocular lenses are now available to correct astigmatism (“cylinder”) and to provide both distance and near vision.
Your cataract specialist will discuss the different options in detail and take the time to determine which intraocular lens is best for your needs and lifestyle.
Will I still need to wear glasses?
This will depend on the type of intraocular lens used and your usual activities. Broadly speaking, you can have both eyes focused for distance and still use reading glasses for near activities. It is also possible to have one eye, usually the dominant eye, focused for distance and the other eye for near (‘monovision’). A third option is to use one of the latest generation multifocal intraocular lenses. These can reduce the need for glasses for reading and intermediate activities significantly, although they are not suitable for every patient. There are pros and cons with each option and your cataract specialist will discuss this with you.
What is laser cataract surgery?
In laser assisted cataract surgery, a laser is used to perform several steps of the procedure, including formation of the corneal wounds, and softening the cataract so that it is easier to remove. Some surgeons believe that the use of the laser makes cataract surgery more controlled and predictable, although there is an added cost to the procedure when the laser is used.
Laser cataract surgery is a new technology, and there is currently much debate as to whether it produces better outcomes, and whether the extra cost is justified. The ophthalmologists at Cataract & Glaucoma Specialists are very happy to discuss this option with you.
What happens on the day of my surgery?
You will need to fast for 6 hours prior to the procedure. In general you will be able to continue your regular medications, including blood thinners. You will be at hospital for 3 to 4 hours in total. Drops will be placed into your eye to dilate the pupil. Our specialist anaesthetist will greet you and commence numbing your eye. Surgery takes about 30 minutes and you will go home the same day with a patch on your eye. It is important to have someone present to take you home following surgery as you will not be able to drive. You will be reviewed the next day and your ophthalmologist will give you further instructions.
Where will I have my surgery?
Our surgeons have clinical privileges at a number of private and public hospitals in the Sydney area including:
- Waratah Private Hospital
- Kareena Private Hospital
- Sydney Private Hospital (Ashfield)
- Liverpool Eye Surgery
- East Sydney Private Hospital
- Sight Foundation Theatre (Sydney Eye Hospital Campus)
- Concord Hospital
- RPA Hospital
- Sydney Eye Hospital
- St George Hospital
- Sutherland Hospital
- Westmead Hospital
For more information, please see Surgical Procedures.