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Cataracts, what are my options?

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens (crystalline lens). It is the leading cause of vision problems among adults over 55 years.

Cataracts

What is it?

The eye’s natural lens sits behind the iris (coloured part of the eye) and is responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images on the retina. As we age, the lens becomes cloudy and light cannot pass clearly to the retina, making vision impaired.

Though cataract symptoms may appear slowly and painlessly, over time they grow and cloud more of the lens, progressively obstructing vision.

Symptoms include:

  • Blurred or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare (especially when driving at night)
  • Increased nearsightedness, requiring frequent changes in the spectacle prescription
  • Dulled colour perception

Cataract diagnosis

Over half of those aged over 65 years have some degree of cataract development and an optometrist can easily detect them during a routine eye examination. If they are thought to be significant, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon.

Cataracts

Treatment

Some cataract sufferers find improvement by wearing stronger glasses, using brighter lighting or magnifying lenses. However, ultimately the only treatment for cataracts is surgery, which involves the removal of the cloudy lens and replacement with an implantable lens.

Professor Noel Alpins has a particular interest in cataract surgery and in his expert hands thousands of cataract patients have regained clear vision.

If you’d like more information about cataract surgery at NewVision Clinics and how it can transform your vision, call us now, or book online for an assessment.

Lasik Treatment

LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ-Keratomileusis) eye surgery is a safe and painless procedure.

Over 80% of patients having laser eye surgery will undergo this treatment, and over 35 million people have enjoyed its results worldwide. The result of our LASIK eye surgery Melbourne wide is simply fantastic.

PRK Treatment

Prior to the development of LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK Surgery was the first astigmatism.It has undergone many advances and innovations since its introduction more than 20 years ago.

Treatments

How do they compare?

The total time for each procedure is between 15-20 minutes for both eyes, although the laser treatment itself lasts only seconds. Long-term results are equally as good with either method although good quality vision is reached quicker with LASIK. For this reason LASIK surgery is the preferred choice for correcting vision for most patients.

LASIK Treatment PRK Treatment
Prior to the treatment, a hinged flap on the cornea is created either with a laser or a microkeratome. Prior to the treatment, the epithelial layer of the cornea is gently brushed away.
After treatment, the flap is replaced and the epithelium quickly repairs itself. After treatment, a ‘bandage’ contact lens is placed onto the eye. The epithelium grows back within days.
Healing is rapid. Healing takes longer to achieve.
Excellent vision is reached within a few hours and you can return to work the following day. Excellent vision is expected within a month although most patients can drive within 5 days and return to work in a week.