What is a cataract?
The natural lens in the human eye ages with time. The lens starts to turn brown and the sharpness and quality of your vision may reduce. Your glasses prescription may start to change as well. This dysfunctional lens is now called a cataract.
What can be done about it?
Once glasses can no longer help, cataract surgery can be performed to improve your vision. This involves making small ports to access the inside of the eye, removing the cataract & replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
Is eye surgery safe?
Modern eye surgery is a marvel of advances in technology and surgical skills. Cataract surgery is considered safe and routine surgery for the vast majority of patients. That said, with any operation there are small or uncommon risks that Dr Gunn will discuss with you at your consultation.
How much does cataract surgery cost?
Most of the cost of your surgery will be covered by your insurance and for a full quote of any gaps that may exist please contact the team. If you are uninsured, Dr Gunn can offer surgery as an intermediate patient at the Mater Hospital or at South Bank Day Hospital at highly competitive rates.
Am I able to get rid of my glasses?
Short sightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery. A routine approach aims to give patients clear distance vision without glasses and to use reading glasses for near vision following surgery.
New techniques and lenses allow patients to avoid wearing glasses entirely or only occasionally for very fine visual tasks. Dr Gunn will determine if you are a candidate for this type of procedure and will discuss the options with you.