A cataract is formed when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. This is an inevitable part of human development but with modern technology can now be rectified. Vision can become quite blurry as the cataract becomes denser and glare sensitivity may increase as the cataract disperses light more. Many people who have cataract complain initially of a reduced capacity to drive at night and at twilight. While more common in older people cataracts may form at any age.
Surgery to correct cataracts is now performed with a very safe and reliable micro-incisional technique that gives a rapid recovery time and a good visual outcome in the vast majority of cases where there is no pre-existing eye disease (such as macular degeneration). Modern surgical technique allows the operation to be performed with minimal risk, in a day-stay hospital. The patient can go home that day with minimal care from family or friends and a quick recovery.
With the advent of new imaging, biometric and lens technology there is a greater capacity to be more independent of spectacles post surgery. Special customized lenses can now be designed specifically for patients needs and our surgeons will discuss with you the best options for your needs.
The Ophthalmic Surgeons at Lane Cove Eye Surgery are all experienced cataract surgeons and use the latest lens types and techniques of assessment and surgery to achieve the optimal outcome for you. After surgery many patients find that their need for glasses is reduced, that they are able to resume activities that they were no longer able to do prior to surgery and that their vision is better than it has been for a long time. The ability to perform such activities as reading, driving and sport improve significantly.
At your appointment your Ophthalmic Surgeon, after a thorough eye examination, will discuss the surgery with you. If you are suitable for surgery they will request scans to measure the eye for the new intraocular lenses needed and discuss the type of lens that they would recommend for you depending on your visual needs. The clinical and administrative staff will also assist in preparing you for surgery and make the whole process as streamlined as possible.