What is a cataract?
When we are born the lens is clear like glass. Over the years the lens can loose its clarity, and vision is reduced. A lens which has lost its ability to clearly transmit light is called a CATARACT.
Who gets cataracts?
How do I know if I have a cataract?
When should the cataract be removed?
Patients who have cataracts impairing the quality of their vision may be advised that surgery could improve their vision. Cataract surgery is usually performed as an elective day surgery procedure.
In rare cases, if the cataract becomes very advanced , it can “leak” or “expand” and cause glaucoma. In theses cases cataract surgery has to be performed urgently.
In childhood cataract surgery may be promptly required to prevent a “lazy eye” developing.
How long will I be in hospital?
Will I need to be put to sleep with an anaesthetic?
Will I need an eye patch after surgery?
When will I be able to return to work?
If you need to work the next day, you can check have your day 1 check up at 7:30 am, and head straight off to work.
I have private health insurance? Will I have to pay anything?
Usually there is a gap fee for the doctors charges, but no gap fee for use of the day surgery. We try hard to keep out of pocket charges low, and tell you exactly what they will be before booking your operation.
Cataract Surgery in the Caulfield Eye Clinic