Cataracts can make your vision become blurry or hazy. They can also make you sensitive to bright lights, see starbursts around lights, or see everything as slightly faded or yellow. The treatment for cataracts is surgery on the affected eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a permanently implanted plastic lens called an intraocular lens.
On the day of the surgery, you will be given eye drops that include an antibiotic. You will have a small plastic tube inserted into a vein in your arm. You might be given an injection around the eye or eye drops to make the eye go numb. Most people have a local anaesthetic, although some have a general anaesthetic.
Your doctor can give you more information to help you prepare for the operation.
During the procedure you will be asked to lie on your back for up to 45 minutes. The doctor will make a small cut in the eye to remove the cloudy lens and to insert the plastic lens. There will always be medical staff to talk to during the procedure. If you have any problems, you should tell one of the staff.
Your doctor will probably place a pad over the eye that was operated on. You might have some pain or discomfort in that eye. If you do, you should tell a nurse or doctor so they can give you something to ease the pain.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. You should not drive until your vision has returned to normal so you will need someone to take you home. For a few weeks after the operation, you will need to avoid rubbing your eye and strenuous activity.
*Please note this surgery is currently only available at Wollongong Day Surgery
You are suitable for this surgery if:
As long as your condition is managed, and you are stable upon admission for treatment, we can accept you with:
Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you might have, and explain our self pay solution to you before you start. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need.
Before you come to see us, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional (e.g. dentist) and ask for an open referral letter.
Once you have decided you would like to meet your surgeon, we will arrange your first consultation.
Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you and explain any diagnostic tests you might need as part of your individual care package.
You will be given a surgery time with very little wait. Payment is made before you start your treatment.
Payment for your surgery is due once you receive your booking and have accepted and signed your surgery quote. We accept bank cheque, Mastercard, Visa or EFTPOS. Please note that all credit card transactions will incur a 1.5% surcharge.
Unlike public hospitals, you're going to get in to have your surgery as quickly as the surgeon can do it.
We will inform you of your expected recovery time and anything to watch out for.
We will give you an appointment time and date to follow up with your surgeon, at their consulting rooms. This consultation is included in your Self Pay Surgery Package.
We’ll take care of the rest, leaving you to focus on treatment and recovery while our professional medical teams deliver your personalised care.
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