Cataract surgery is microsurgery which removes your damaged lens (cataract) and replaces it with a new intraocular lens. This new lens will remain clear and will last for life. There are a variety of intraocular lens to choose from to suit your needs.
Is Cataract Surgery for you?
Cataracts occur with increasing age (too many birthdays).
Normally UV light causes the lens proteins to change, which decreases the quality of your vision.
You may experience changes in your vision, such as:
- Vision can be blurred.
- Glare can be a problem, especially when driving at night.
- Poor colour perception, especially in the blue spectrum.
Cataracts usually occur over years with slow vision changes, but sometimes cataracts can occur quickly causing a rapid change to your vision. There are three main types of cataracts: nuclear, cortical and posterior subcapsular. Some cataracts are a combination of the three types.
The Cataract procedure
Your cataract surgery with Dr Reece Hall can be performed at:
- Bowen Hospital in Wellington
- Southern Cross Hospital in Wellington
- Crest Hospital in Palmerston North
Cataract surgery (Phacoemulsification) is done with a local anaesthetic as a day surgery procedure. The latest micro-incisional technqiues are used.
Cataract recovery time
The visual results for cataract surgery are excellent, with most people achieving driving standard vision without glasses. New glasses after cataract surgery will normally improve the vision further.
Laser cataract surgery is also available after cataract surgery for those people that wish to have their vision independent of glasses.
For more information regarding the costs of cataract surgery, book to have your cataract assessment and discuss your suitability for Cataract Eye Surgery.
Common Cataract Questions
What is a cataract?
A cataract forms in your natural crystalline lens with age. The proteins become disorganised and discoloured. This damage is mostly related to ultraviolet light over the years. Sometimes the change can be genetic or associated with a medical condition such as diabetes. The good news is it can be successfully treated with cataract surgery.
How is a cataract treated?
Cataracts can only be permanently treated with surgery. Cataract surgery is done as a day procedure with local anaesthetic. The cataract is broken up into small pieces by phacoemulsification. A new acrylic intraocular lens replaces the cataract to restore your sight.
Is Cataract surgery permanent?
Yes Cataract surgery is permanent. Occasionally (< 5%) a membrane can grow around the new intraocular lens causing your vision to become cloudy again. Dr Hall can treat this membrane using the YAG laser at a clinic appointment at Bowen Eye Clinic.
What type of technology is used for Cataract Surgery?
All three hospitals (Bowen, Southern Cross, and Crest) that Dr Reece Hall offers cataract surgery at use the latest phacoemulsification technology from Alcon and Bausch+Lomb. This is ultrasound energy which is used to dissolve the cataract. A range of modern wavefront designed intraocular lenses are used to replace the cataract.
Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
You will definitely see a lot better following cataract surgery. Normally new glasses will improve the visual result a further 5-10%. For those who do not want to use glasses they might consider combining cataract surgery with laser eye surgery.
How much time off is recommended after cataract surgery?
We recommend you take at least three days off work following cataract surgery. Some people prefer to take a week off. It does vary from person to person.
When can I drive after cataract surgery?
Following cataract surgery some people can drive the next day, whereas others may need to wait until new glasses are prescribed.