Rapid Visual Recovery
Pacific Eye Clinic offers a range of services to relieve the symptoms of cataracts and correct your vision into the future. Cataracts are not preventable, but they can be treated as and when symptoms begin to show.
Based in Southport on the Gold Coast, we provide day surgery and ongoing treatments and examinations for residents across the region.
Cataracts cloud of all or part of the lens in your eye, resulting in blurred or distorted vision. Usually found in those over the age of 55, cataracts are occasionally found in younger people too. However, they are the most common cause of visual impairment in people over 60 years of age in Australia—which is why Pacific Eye Clinic offers a comprehensive range of cataract treatments for all clients.
What causes Cataracts?
No one knows the exact cause of cataracts, but it is known that a chemical change occurs within your eye to cause the lens to become cloudy. This may be due to advancing age, heredity, an injury or disease.
How do I know a Cataract is forming?
Cataracts typically develop without pain or discomfort—there are some indications that a cataract may be forming. These include blurred or hazy vision, the appearance of spots in front of the eyes, increased sensitivity to glare or the feeling of having a film over the eyes. Currently, there is no proven method to prevent cataracts from forming.
Microincisional sutureless surgery with no needles using advanced phacoemulsification of cataract and insertion of the latest intraocular lenses as provided by Dr Marc Wei. He has 20 years experience and completed over 10000 procedures as well as being QLD pioneer of Laser (Lensx) cataract surgery.
He is also a pioneer in the use of toric and multifocal lens (Zeiss LISA, FInevision, Alcon Panoptix, Symfony and Synergy trifocal) technology to provided spectacle freedom in many cases. The surgery is performed at Pacific Private day surgery in the same building and pain-free recovery is usually within 1 to 2 days.
The Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Improved quality of life
Cataracts can greatly affect your life, from causing simple discomfort and strain, to reducing independence and enjoyment in regular day-to-day activities. The results of this over time can be far-reaching and lead to social withdrawal, reduced confidence and general frustration. Because the positive effects of cataract surgery are often felt immediately, you are likely to feel improved quality of life.
Cataract surgery is considered a low-risk procedure and does not take long to complete. Our eye surgeon is experienced in the procedure and has even given cataract surgery to hundreds of patients in Myanmar, as part of the RANZO Myanmar Eye Program, which helps relieve blindness in developing countries.
Reduced risk of falls
Improved vision isn’t just about enjoying the view. It also gives you a better awareness of your surroundings, which is particularly important for older people who tend to suffer from cataracts. Contact our Gold Coast eye surgeon to make an appointment today
You will be able to return home a few hours after your cataract surgery. However, whilst many side effects will pass within a few days, full recovery can take up to 4-6 weeks.
Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure for ophthalmologists to perform and is usually carried out in a day surgery with local anaesthesia under sedation. No needle surgery is performed by Dr Wei. It typically takes around 30 minutes.
We strongly suggest waiting 24 hours after cataract surgery to drive. However, this recommendation may be lengthened for individual patients upon follow-up examination. Someone should drive you home after surgery and back to the ophthalmologist for your next-day follow-up.
It is normal to experience blurred vision, grittiness, watering, and red eyes after surgery. You should contact your ophthalmologist if you’re experiencing increased pain or decreased vision.