Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Restoring your Clarity
Cataract surgery is the most successful of all surgery and can often enhance eyesight and reduce or eliminate the need for spectacles and contact lenses.
Dr Hauptman has performed over 15,000 surgeries over more than 25 years of practice and specializes in small -incision phaco-chop surgery ( the gentlest and safest technique) under topical ( no-needle) anaesthesia.
He recommends tri-focal implants where appropriate subject to careful patient evaluation and assessment.
How fast does a cataract develop?
How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.
Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop in any given person.
How is cataract treated?
Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataract are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful.
No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Protection from excessive sunlight may help slow the progression of cataracts.
Sunglasses that screen out ultraviolet (UV) light rays or regular eyeglasses with a clear, anti-UV coating offer this protection. How is a cataract detected? By performing a thorough eye examination, your ophthalmologist can detect the presence of a cataract.
A careful evaluation will also rule out any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or other eye problems. Problems with other parts of the eye (such as the cornea, retina or optic nerve) can be responsible for vision loss and may prevent you from having much or any improvement in vision after cataract surgery. If improvement in your vision is unlikely, cataract removal may not be recommended.
Your ophthalmologist can tell you how much visual improvement is likely. Clear lens In a normal eye, light focuses precisely on the retina. In an eye with a cataract, light scatters throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina.
When should surgery be done?
Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities. It is not true that cataracts need to be “ripe” before they can be removed or that they need to be removed just because they are present.
Cataract surgery can be performed when your visual needs require it. You must decide if you can see well enough to do your job, drive safely, and read or watch TV in comfort.
Does your vision allow you to perform daily tasks such as cooking, shopping, doing yard work or taking medications without difficulty? Based on your symptoms, you and your ophthalmologist should decide together when surgery is appropriate.
What can I expect from cataract surgery?
More than 150,000 people have cataract surgery each year in the Australia , and more than 95 percent of those surgeries are performed with no complications.
During cataract surgery, which is usually performed under local or topical anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye. In most cases, the focusing power of the natural lens is restored by replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens implant.
Your ophthalmologist performs this delicate surgery using a microscope, miniature instruments and other modern technology. After surgery, you will have to take eyedrops as your ophthalmologist directs. Your surgeon will check your eye several times to make sure it is healing properly.
Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure. Improved vision is the result in more than 95 percent of cases, unless there is a problem with the cornea, retina, optic nerve or other structures.
It is important to understand that complications can occur during or after the surgery, some severe enough to limit vision. If you experience even the slightest problem after cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will want to hear from you immediately.
In many people who have cataract surgery, the natural capsule that supports the intraocular lens may become cloudy over time. If this occurs, your ophthalmologist can perform an outpatient laser procedure (called YAG capsulotomy) to open this cloudy capsule, restoring clear vision.