Cataract

A cataract is a cloudiness of the lens of the eye, causing progressive blurring of vision.

It is usually age-related and is as unavoidable later in life as wrinkles are. Cataract surgery is the most common eye operation performed in New Zealand and has a very high success rate.
At Eye Specialists we also offer the option of bilateral cataract surgery, where both eyes can be done on the same operating list. Dr Brian Kent-Smith is a member of the International Society of Bilateral Cataract Surgeons (ISBCS).

Cataract
Cataract

Modern cataract surgery has revolutionised how cataracts can be managed. Surgery involves removal of the clouded lens and replacement with an artificial lens. The procedure is done through a tiny incision, typically about 2 1/2mm in size. These days we have a choice of intra-ocular lenses depending on the size and shape of each eye, and on the visual requirements of the individual. This is discussed at the time of consultation.

Because surgery is quick, efficient and safe it is no longer necessary to wait until the cataract is far advanced before considering surgery. Recent refinements in the implants mean that cataract surgery is increasingly being offered as a way to reduce refractive error in eyes. Younger patients can achieve independence from glasses, older patients recover balance and independence. An ophthalmologist can advise you whether or not you would benefit from this type of surgery.