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.