WHAT IS A CATARACT
As we age, the once crystal clear lens in the eye becomes cloudy and yellow.
DO CATARACTS GET WORSE?
Yes. Cataracts usually grow slowly so many people notice a slow deterioration in vision, but some don’t notice the change in their vision until after having had the cataracts removed. However some cataracts grow very quickly as the clouded areas become larger and denser and cause the patient’s sight to become noticeably worse.
HOW CAN CATARACTS BE CURED?
Glasses, contact lenses or eye drops cannot cure cataracts, only microsurgery or laser cataract
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CATARACTS
Usually the development of Cataracts is gradual with a painless worsening of sight. Other symptoms include blurred or hazy vision, gradual loss of colour vision, appearance of dark spots or shadows before the eyes, increasing need for more light to see clearly, night glare, a marked increase in sensitivity to sunlight and rarely double vision which persists if only one eye is open. Often people with cataracts find reading fine print in dim light and/or glare a problem.
WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?
Cataracts can be caused by ageing, sunlight damage, some eye disease (eg. Uveitis) and some diseases of the body (eg. diabetes) and occasionally drugs (eg. steroids) or injury. Occasionally cataracts are present at birth.
HOW COMMON ARE CATARACTS?
Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts. Cataracts usually start in the 50′s.
Cataracts can only be diagnosed by a fully trained eye care practitioner. A comprehensive eye examination is performed to detect the presence of a cataract or any other condition, which might be affecting vision and influenece the outcome of Cataract surgery. You need to have a personalised comprehensive consultation including ultrasound, computerised measurements of the curvature of your eyes and eye-health status assessment by our eye surgeons, to identify any risks specific to you and determine suitability for cataract surgery. This consultation usually can be completed in one hour.
DO I NEED CATARACT SURGERY?
This varies with each patient. Usually cataract surgery is performed when the patient’s deteriorating vision interferes with daily life.
LATEST TECHNOLOGY – NO NEEDLE, NO STITCH, NO PAIN
Our surgeons use the latest techniques, including state of the art day-stay cataract microsurgery and phaco-emulsification and now laser cataract removal, which allow most people not to need stitches thanks to a self-sealing 2.5mm clear corneal incision.
We then replace the old cataractous lens with an intra ocular lens implant to correct your long/short-sightedness and/or astigmatism.
This technique can free you from your cataracts and sometimes your glasses too. This technique does not require needles, only eye-drop local anaesthetic.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
If you have private health insurance, we are happy to charge fund direct or known gap for cataract surgery.