Cataract Surgery Mandurah

What Is a Cataract?

The lens in your eye is normally crystal clear, but when it becomes opaque or cloudy, we call it a ‘cataract’. Optilase provides cataract surgery in Mandurah.

A cataract is NOT a film or growth that occurs in the eye, it is simply a cloudy lens. In a normal eye, light passes through the clear lens and focuses on the retina. A clouded lens or cataract causes the light to scatter across the retina.

Symptoms of Cataracts

As the opacity worsens, it prevents light from properly focusing on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). Early lens changes or opacities may not disturb vision significantly, but as the lens continues to change, your vision becomes blurred and you may begin to notice glare, haziness, and difficulty seeing street signs or reading. More symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Dim vision that requires brighter lights in order to read small print

  • Increased glare and sensitivity to light, especially in bright sunlight or while driving at night

  • A yellowing of the vision

  • Distortion, double images, or ghosting of the vision

  • Increased nearsightedness, requiring frequent changes in your glasses prescription

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Before cataracts are surgically treated, you will need to have a thorough examination of your eyes, including dilation, and an attempt at a new glasses prescription. Sometimes a change in your eyeglass prescription may be all that is needed to temporarily improve your vision.

When you feel that your vision affects your daily activities or your lifestyle, then it will be treated. Cataracts can only be treated with surgery, and the lens needs to be replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) for the eye to focus. If you feel that cataracts may be affecting your way of living, contact Optilase to discuss your vision.

During your consultation with Optilase, Dr Bill Ward will help you choose the best IOLs (intraocular lenses) for your cataract surgery. The main types of IOLs are monofocal and multifocal IOLs. These are permanently implanted into the eye at the time of cataract surgery. It does not fall out, affect the appearance of the eye or require cleaning.

Monofocal IOLs have been used for decades and are set for distance vision. They have a single power and are used to correct a specific focus point. Patients with monofocal IOLs will use reading glasses for near-sighted activity.

Multifocal IOLs are not suitable for everybody as it has a range of powers built in to correct near, intermediate and distance vision with a single lens. The goal for multifocal IOLs is to restore vision for simple tasks like watching TV, day driving or other distance-related tasks. A careful assessment and discussion with is necessary before proceeding.

Cost Of Cataract Surgery

Optilase provides affordable cataract surgery from our clinic in Mandurah Eye Centre, serving patients from Perth, Peel and the South West. We provide the highest quality services and use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the results of your surgery are impeccable.

The team at Optilase have performed over 10,000 surgical procedures and will take the time to listen to your vision concerns.

Following your consultation, the team will discuss with you the best treatment options, including the cost. We accept all private health funds. For patients living within the Peel Health Campus catchment area (Mandurah and surrounding areas), medicare funded surgery is available for cataract or squint surgery only.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Saturday | 8:30am – 4:30pm

PROCEDURES

FAQs

The most common queries about cataract surgery answered below!

What To Expect Before Cataract Surgery

The initial consultation takes about an hour. Patients are first seen by our technician who will measure the patient’s vision and conduct preliminary testing before seeing Dr Ward for further examination. This includes dilating drops to examine the back of the eye.

If cataract surgery is required, an appointment will be scheduled before surgery to measure the eye and calculate lens powers. We will help you choose the best IOLs (intraocular lenses) for your cataract surgery.

What To Expect During Cataract Surgery

You will be admitted to Peel Health Campus two hours prior to your surgery. The nursing team will administer pre-operation eye drops to dilate your pupil. The surgery itself will usually take 30 to 40 minutes. Most often, this procedure is done using local anesthetic drops with some sedation, and to most people’s surprise, and relief, it’s pretty much a painless procedure!

What you will see is a bright light from the operating microscope and at times, a feeling of pressure. At the end of the procedure, an eye patch will be placed on your eye, and most patients are fine to go home an hour later.

Click here to read Optilase’s procedure processes.

What To Expect After Cataract Surgery

The whole procedure and aftermath are usually pain-free. Any discomfort will settle with Panadol or Neurofen. You will have a patch on the operated eye for the first night only.

After removal of the eye patch, you will start the eye drops, which will continue for 2 to 3 weeks. A post-op appointment will be scheduled 3 days after the operation. Click here to read the cataract surgery aftercare.

Book Your Ophthalmologist Appointment

Optilase offers all prospective laser eye surgery patients a free consultation appointment. Following your consultation, the team will discuss with you the best treatment options.

Contact us for more information.

Health Insurance Rebates

Please contact your health insurance provider to enquire about laser eye surgery coverage.