Cataract surgery is a significant life event which can seem daunting, particularly if you do not feel informed about the process. To help with your decision making, our team of eye health experts have carefully crafted the Ultimate Guide to Cataract Surgery.  It contains a range of information that will assist you to make an informed choice regarding your treatment and visual options.

We have summarised the guide on our website, however you can download the full Ultimate Guide to Cataract Surgery Guide as a PDF to view at your leisure. Once you have reviewed the guide, we encourage you to contact the KindSIGHT team and set up a time to take the first step towards better vision for life.

WHAT IS A CATARACT?

A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural or ‘crystalline’ lens inside the eye. This progressively degrades the quality of your vision over time, as if you are trying to look through a ‘dirty window.’

The clouding also causes light scatter, resulting in blurred vision, as well as glare symptoms. Because this is happening inside your eye, it means that eventually even a new or perfect set of glasses will not be able to sharpen your vision.

Normal Eye compared to Cataract Eye

ARE CATARACT DANGEROUS?

Rest assured; a cataract is not dangerous or poisonous to the other parts of your eye. In fact, cataracts are common and a normal part of ageing. Much like getting grey hair, some of us will develop cataracts relatively early in life, while others will not be affected until much later.

Usually, cataracts develop in both eyes at around the same rate, so quite often you are not fully aware of how much your vision has slowly deteriorated over time. Occasionally a cataract in one eye may be far more advanced than in the other, and in this case, there is an obvious difference in the vision between your eyes.

WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?

It is not fully understood why the lens changes as we mature in age, eventually forming a cataract. Oxidative damage to the lens proteins throughout our lifetime is likely to play a major role.

Other factors thought to contribute to cataract development include

  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • UV radiation
  • obesity
  • high alcohol consumption
  • family history
  • high myopic error
  • hypertension
  • extended use of corticosteroid medication
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • cholesterol lowering medicine
  • previous eye surgery or injury
MORE INFO in our GUIDE TO CATARACT SURGERY >
Extensive testing undertaken prior to Cataract Surgery

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CATARACTS?

  • Your glasses always seem dirty
  • Small print is harder to read
  • Change in colour vision
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Trouble seeing signs in the distance
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Night driving difficulty due to glare and haloes around traffic/car headlights

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE CATARACT SURGERY?

Worldwide, cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure. In Australia, more than 200,000 cataract procedures are performed every year.

Cataracts can be removed at any stage and you do not have to wait for them to ‘ripen’ before having surgery. Because cataracts will continue to progress over your lifetime, if not treated they will eventually cause blindness.

No matter how mature your cataracts are, it is always ‘possible’ to remove them. It

The decision to proceed with cataract surgery ultimately comes down to whether you perceive that the benefit of having the operation outweighs the small risk associated with treatment. The eye surgeons at KindSIGHT are only too happy to discuss this in detail with you.

The timing of surgery is different for everyone.

Making the decision to have your cataracts removed usually depends on the following:

  • The degree your sight is affected
  • Your most common daily activities or vision requirements
  • If you only have sight in one eye
  • If you have any other eye disease

Worldwide, cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure. In Australia, more than 200,000 cataract procedures are performed every year.

Cataracts can be removed at any stage and you do not have to wait for them to ‘ripen’ before having surgery. Because cataracts will continue to progress over your lifetime, if not treated they will eventually cause blindness.

No matter how mature your cataracts are, it is always ‘possible’ to remove them. It

The decision to proceed with cataract surgery ultimately comes down to whether you perceive that the benefit of having the operation outweighs the small risk associated with treatment. The eye surgeons at KindSIGHT are only too happy to discuss this in detail with you.

The timing of surgery is different for everyone.

Making the decision to have your cataracts removed usually depends on the following:

  • The degree your sight is affected
  • Your most common daily activities or vision requirements
  • If you only have sight in one eye
  • If you have any other eye disease

GET A VISION OUTCOME TO SUIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

Everybody is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to cataract surgery.

Thanks to advances in technology, including the types of intraocular lens implants (IOLs), advanced micro-incision cataract surgery provides the opportunity to tailor a vision solution that best suits your work and leisure activities to a far greater degree than ever before.

ADVANCED CATARACT SURGERY?

The modern surgical procedure is known as ‘phacoemulsification.’ In brief, this involves removing the cataract using a sophisticated ultrasound probe and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, known as an ‘intraocular lens’ or ‘IOL’ for short.

This procedure aims to provide you with a significant improvement in the clarity, brightness and sharpness of your vision. It is very important however to understand that cataract surgery will not restore vision that has been lost through other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.

Over the past decade, there have been significant advances in cataract surgery. In most cases, the operation is performed under ‘twilight anaesthetic’, using only local anaesthetic eye drops (no needles), in a convenient day surgery environment. There is minimal discomfort, no eye pad is required and the recovery from surgery is usually rapid. Most patients have ‘driving level vision’ within 1 week.

MORE INFO in our GUIDE TO CATARACT SURGERY >
Patient preparing for Cataract Surgery