What is a Cataract?
The lens is a clear oval structure that sits in the centre of the eye. It is enclosed in a very thin transparent membrane (much like Glad Wrap) called the capsule. Incoming light passing through is focused by the cornea and then the lens to meet at the central part of the retina, the macula.
When should I have Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is an elective procedure. There is rarely an absolute need to undertake the procedure. In most cases the timing of cataract surgery is related to the severity of a patient’s symptoms and, in particular, the impact the cataracts are having on their day-to-day vision. It is important to note though, there is often disparity between the objective findings of an orthoptist’s vision assessment, the size of the cataract as seen by the ophthalmologist and the level of these symptoms experienced by the patient.
How will my Cataract be assessed?
All patients have a full vision, general medical and eye assessment at their clinic consultation. Initially they will see the orthoptist, who has particular expertise in performing the full formal vision assessment. They then see the ophthalmologist, who makes a more detailed assessment, particularly with respect to those aspects relevant to potential cataract surgery.
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