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Cataract Surgery

If the lens of your eye becomes cloudy overtime, causing blurred vision, you may have cataracts. Cataracts typically develop as you age. The natural lens of the eye is made up of protein and water, and over time these proteins are altered causing gradual clouding of the lens.

Cataract surgery is a safe and an effective way to restore your vision by replacing the cloudy natural lens with a synthetic lens to restore focusing power.

Phacoemulsification is the preferred technique for removing cataracts ,as it requires minimal sedation and numbing eye drops.

Your surgeon makes an incision at the outermost edge of the cornea using an operating microscope. The cloudy lens is then removed with the help of ultrasound probe that uses ultrasonic vibrations to break up the clouded lens, which is then suctioned out of the eye with the same probe. After the cataract is removed an artificial lens is placed. You will not need any stitches or an eye patch.

What are intraocular lenses?

Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses used to replace the eye’s natural lens during cataract surgery. There are several types, including monofocal lens, toric lens, and multifocal lens.  Your surgeon will discuss with you the best type of lens to be used to correct your vision problem.

What should I expect after cataract surgery?

Your surgeon will recommend eye drops to help protect against infection and inflammation, and you may need to wear a protective eye shield for about a week. You may experience blurred vision for the first few days after surgery, as your eye heals. Avoid strenuous activities that might stress your eyes, and avoid water being splashed in your eye as that might cause infection. Within a few days your vision should be improved, and you can return to work according to your doctor’s advice.

Are there any complications?

Complications following cataract surgery are uncommon.

Rare complications include infection, persistent inflammation, glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure), swelling of the retina, and retinal detachment (separation of retina from its underlying tissues). In some cases the artificial lens does not function properly and need to be replaced.  Secondary cataract or posterior capsule opacification may occur in some cases where in the lens capsule becomes cloudy or blurred after the surgery.

Meet our Ophthalmologists:

Dr Chameen Samarawickrama is a Consultant Eye Surgeon with expertise in corneal and anterior...
Dr Peter Sumich is a Cataract and Refractive Surgeon from Parramatta, Sydney.
Dr Godfrey (Goff) Quin is an Ophthalmic Surgeon and Medical Retinal Specialist.
Dr Ridia Lim is an Ophthalmologist in Sydney's West.
Dr Kiran Sindhu is a Ophthalmologist with special surgical interest in cataract and glaucoma...

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