Cataract Surgery Sydney
Macquarie Street Eye Laser Centre is Sydney’s preeminent experts in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. Call (02) 9230 0010 today for a no obligation consultation.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. When dense enough, it affects vision. Cataracts worsen as people get older but even young patients can present with cataract. Most people over the age of 60 years have some cataract in their eyes. Cataracts are a little like a foggy lens in a camera. This foggy lens will obstruct the vision and decrease the clarity and brightness of objects that surround you. This can be very simply restored with a cataract operation.
What Causes a Cataract?
Cataracts usually develop as people get older and they are usually noticed around the age of 50-60 years. There are some risk factors that can increase the risk of developing cataracts. These include:
- An injury to the eye.
- Exposure to UV from sunlight.
- Long term use of steroid medications.
- Family history of cataracts.
Symptoms of Cataracts:
The following symptoms include but not limited to:
- Deterioration in your vision. This may occur at far, near or both distances.
- Hazy or cloudy vision.
- Difficulty driving at night.
- Sensitivity to glare and light.
- Frequent changes to your current glasses.
How to Treat Cataracts
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures that people undertake in their lifetime. The procedure involves a micro incision at the side of the cornea where your surgeon will remove the cataract. Once this is removed, an artificial lens is inserted to restore your vision. This is performed at an accredited and sterile day theatre with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes but you will spend about 2-3 hours at the surgery on the day. Once the nurses are happy with your recovery you will be given a set of instructions and discharged from the surgery. You will be examined the next day by the clinic.
Do I Have to Wear Glasses After My Cataract Surgery?
After you have had your cataract procedure you will see much better at distance. Unless specified otherwise to you, you will most likely need only a pair of reading glasses to help you read.
There are special ‘Premium’ lenses that can give you complete spectacle independence. Not all patients are suitable for these lenses. There is an additional fee associated with Premium intraocular lenses but they allow patients to see in the distance as well as up close without the need for glasses.
Will I Need to Use Eye Drops?
Yes. You will be asked to start using eye drops in preparation for the cataract procedure a few days beforehand. They are continued for 4 weeks post operatively. These eye drops help ensure that you don’t get an eye infection and facilitate healing. Prescriptions will be given to you prior to your surgery. A nurse will be in contact with you in preparation for your procedure.
How Long is the Recovery Period After Eye Surgery?
In the majority of cases the recovery period after cataract surgery is short, and your vision will be much clearer the next day. In some patients it may take a few days for the vision to be restored.