Cataract Surgery

Everyone is born with a crystal clear lens in their eye which helps focus light so we can see.

A cataract is a clouding of this lens usually due to aging and sometimes due to trauma, some medications, some health conditions and UV exposure.

The lens starts to turn cloudy and then brown and you may notice this as a decline in the quality and sharpness of your vision or frequent changes in your glasses prescription.

Glasses can help improve your vision to a certain extent, but eventually cataract surgery will be required to improve your vision. With technology advancements these days, cataract surgery is now minimally invasive, using tiny little ports to access the inside of the eye, remove the cataract and replace it with a clear artificial lens. It can even be performed with the assistance of laser technology.

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the world, and is considered extremely safe and routine. However, with any operation there will always be small or rare risks that Dr Trinh will discuss with you during your consultation.

It is normal to feel anxious about having an eye operation. Cataract surgery can be quite daunting and we understand that most patients would rather be asleep or unaware during the operation. We use numbing eye drops and twilight sedation with a great team of anaesthetists on hand to make sure that you won’t feel or remember the operation, whilst reducing the risks of using local or general anesthetics.

Cataract surgery is able to correct short sightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism. The vast majority of patients choose to have clear distance vision without glasses and are comfortable with reading glasses for near tasks after their surgery. Advanced technologies do exist to offer patients increased independence from spectacles and can improve quality of life for the right patient. It is important to understand whilst these lenses work extremely well, there are tradeoffs which Dr Trinh will discuss with you during your consultation.

Overall, cataract surgery is considered a fairly miraculous operation as many patients do not realize how long they have been putting up with a poor quality of vision , as visual decline from cataract occurs slowly and progressively overtime. Patients who have had their first eye done often cannot wait to get their second eye done as they are able to appreciate between their eyes the difference between colour and clarity.