Cataract - FAQs

Q. If I think I may have cataracts, what should I do?
A. You can come to Eye Specialists directly for a full eye health check.
You will have a range of tests done by our ophthalmic technician before seeing the ophthalmologist.
Your pupils will be dilated.

Q. How long will this appointment take?
A. You will be with us for approximately an hour.
You will have a series of eye tests carried out by the technician.
Dilating your eye can take between 15 and 20 minutes.
Once your eyes are dilated you will see the ophthalmologist.

Q. What is your waiting time for surgery?
A. Our average waiting time to book in for surgery is between 1 and 3 weeks.

Q. Where will I have the operation done?
A.Eye Specialists has its own state-of-the-art purpose built eye theatre, and your operation will most likely be done here.
You will be provided with written information and a quote for cataract surgery.
Pre-operative instructions will be given when you book in for surgery.

Q. What sort of anaesthetic will I have?
A. In the vast majority of people we use local anaesthesia. It is rarely necessary to use a general anaesthetic, but this option is available if necesary.

Q. How much will this cost?
A.We will provide you with a quote at the time of consultation. Costs may vary depending on what type of lens is used.

Q. How long will the operation take?
A. You will be at Eye Specialists for between an hour and an hour and a half
You will have drops to dilate your pupil and drops to numb the eye.
You will be in theatre for approximately 20 minutes.
You will stay in our recovery area for aproximately 15 minutes after surgery.

Q. What happens following surgery?
A. You will need to instil eye drops 4 times daily for 2 – 3 weeks.
We ask you to avoid dirty or dusty environments for about 2 weeks following surgery.

Q. Can I see you to ask any questions before surgery?
A. We will see you post-operatively to examine your eye and answer any questions you may have.