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Cataract Explained

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts usually develop very slowly and are not associated with any pain of the eye. Cataracts are a natural part of ageing and they are very common, most people older than 70 will have some early cataract. Other causes of cataracts include:

  • other eye diseases (such as uveitis or retinitis pigmentosa)
  • congenital or hereditary factors
  • conditions such as diabetes or severe glaucoma
  • injury (traumatic cataract)
  • Some medications (such as steroids)

The vast majority of people with cataracts are extremely healthy and have no other eye disease.

What are the symptoms of cataract?

Cataracts, and their symptoms, vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • double images or ghost images
  • blurred vision
  • glare or sensitivity to lights
  • haloes around lights
  • night-driving difficulties
  • Other recent changes in glasses prescriptions (myopic shift).

What Are Your Options?

The only treatment for cataract is surgery and it is recommended based on the severity of the condition, fortunately most cataracts can be successfully removed through modern microsurgery.

After the cataract is removed, a new lens is inserted into the eye. There are many choices for the patient regarding what type of lens is used and the doctor will discuss these options with you prior to surgery.

The operation is usually quite short and ordinarily you will go home about 1- 2 hours after the procedure. Most normal activities can be resumed within a day or two of surgery.

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Cataract Assessment

North Shore Eye Centre will conduct a detailed assessment which includes a thorough clinical assessment, a detailed medical history and complete eye exam. Our orthoptists will perform a number of key tests during this assessment.

This assessment ensures that there is sufficient time for you to consider any recommended treatments and procedures carefully. We ensure that you are always informed about every aspect of your condition and that you understand exactly what the surgery involves before agreeing to proceed.

If surgery is recommended, our staff will arrange a surgery date and advise you of all the necessary arrangements for the day of your procedure.

To arrange a Cataract Assessment please contact us on: 02-9439 9649

What do I do next?

A person experiencing any problems with their vision should have a complete eye health check and visual examination by their Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Please contact our practice on 02-9439 9649 to find out more information or to book an appointment.

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