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Are you at risk for Cataracts?

Does it seem like you’re seeing the world through a cloudy lens? Or are you becoming more sensitive to light sun glare? You may be suffering from cataracts.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens of the eye and can be caused by any of the below factors.

  • The natural ageing process
  • Prolonged exposure to UV light
  • Eye trauma
  • Smoking
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • Long-term use of some medication (particularly cortisone)
  • Hereditary factors

The clouding of the lens by the cataract scatters and reduces the amount of light passing through the lens of the eye to the retina resulting in poor. Cataracts can develop in both eyes but the rate at which they develop in each eye often varies

In early stages, cataracts may not be bothersome and therefore surgery is not required.  However due to a variety of factors detailed below, cataracts can progress, interfering with daily activities. This can become uncomfortable, inconvenient and will often require action to prevent blindness. Currently the only means to correct a cataract is surgery.

The good news is that cataract surgery  is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures in Australia. In addition, once you’ve undertaken a successful cataract procedure you will never need to have one again.

The history surrounding the treatment of cataracts is extensive and has come to a point where today we are able to offer a very successful treatment with rapid recovery, called phacoemulsification and intraocular lens insertion.

Surgical treatments of cataracts are extremely safe and involve the removal of the clouded lens followed by a replacement with an artificial lens.

Cataract surgery is a day procedure, usually performed under anaesthetic drops and sedation, meaning on most occasions the patient can go home without a patch over the eye and with vision improving rapidly over the next 48-72 hours. Pretty speedy right?

How do you know if you have Cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally with approximately 25% of people over the age of 65 having some cataract formation.

How can you find out if you have Cataracts?

Do you experience any of these symptoms?

  • General blurring or glarer
  • Ghosting or multiple images
  • Difficulty reading and writing
  • Difficulty with night driving
  • Rapid changes in spectacle prescription

If the answers yes, then it’s recommended to undergo a cataract assessment for confirmation and advice.

At ParkView Day Surgery we are able to provide you with a detailed clinical assessment to test for cataracts, ensuring there is sufficient time for you to consider the procedure carefully and ask your surgeon any questions you may have.

If surgery is recommended, our friendly staff can arrange a suitable date for your surgery and provide you with any information you may need to prepare you for your journey to vision freedom.

Want to find out more?

Our specialists at the ParkView Day Surgery use the latest technology in a fully accredited day hospital facility to ensure you experience the very best in eye care.

To take the first step to optimal vision, contact us today.

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