Cataract Surgery

By: Dr Ross MacIntyre  08-Dec-2015
Keywords: Cataract, Laser Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most common procedure performed by Dr MacIntyre. A cataract is not a disease or growth as a lot of people think. It is simply the gradual loss of clarity of the natural human lens. A cataract may cause no symptoms or very subtle ones early on. But as it slowly progresses, patients may develop glare, particularly when driving at night, difficulty reading or difficulty watching television or seeing street signs. Invariably, a cataract left to progress will result in profound vision loss. At the present time, there is no known medical treatment for a cataract. Surgery is the only option to remove a cataract and improve vision. Cataract surgery involves removal of the lens which has become cloudy and replacing it with an artificial lens. This is done in hospital and is a day procedure. Modern cataract surgery can be performed by the conventional operation (high powered ultrasound) or by the femtosecond laser assisted laser cataract procedure. Which ever method is chosen, anasthesia is done with local (topical) anaesthetic. A general anesthetic is not required. As most people are anxious, a mild sedative is usually given to relax the patient but not to put them to sleep. The procedure takes on average 30 minutes and at the end the patient goes home.

Keywords: Cataract, Cataract Surgery, Laser Eye Surgery