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A variety of vision correction solutions are available. Which option best suits you will depend on your age, lifestyle, expectations and of course, your eyes. Have a full assessment, analysis and treatment of your vision and eye condition using state-of-the-art equipment and surgery. Discuss the best available options based on your individual circumstances.
Cataracts begin to form in your eyes as you pass the age of 40 (although they can occur in younger people and even in babies). A cataract is your eye's natural lens that has grown cloudy and it is the commonest cause of sight loss in the world. Loss of vision is gradual and problems with glare and haloes around lights are one of the earliest signs, making night driving increasingly difficult. The operation to remove a cataract is one of the most successful in the world. An artificial lens is implanted to replace the cloudy natural lens of the eye. Modern cataract surgeons use one of a number of different lenses to achieve different levels of eyesight to suit your activities. Generally, after a cataract operation, not only is your vision better, but you are also less likely to need glasses for distance. With more modern lenses, many people never have to wear glasses again, for distance and for near.
There are many different causes of dry eye requiring different treatments. The most familiar symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, redness and itching. Less common symptoms are stickiness, light sensitivity and watering. Occasionally, there are no symptoms other than the appearance of styes or just blurred vision that usually, but not always, temporarily improves with blinking. Our newly established Dry Eye Laboratory will analyse your ocular surface to assess the different causes of dry eye to best tailor a treatment solution for your condition
Eye floaters are small pieces of tissue that float in the transparent fluid in the middle of the eye. These cast shadows onto the retina (the light-sensitive tissue layer at the back of the eye) causing the appearance of floaters that are seen "floating" across the field of vision. These floaters are grey or black and can have different shapes - spots, hooks, rings, figure 8s, strings or clouds. They are permanent - while they are not seen all the time, they appear from time to time and will never disappear. They can be quite distracting if they appear while watching TV, reading or driving. Laser Floater Removal or Laser Vitreolysis is now available and can permanently eliminate floaters
Glaucoma is known as the ‘silent thief of sight’ because damage occurs slowly and painlessly over many years and, without proper care, it is often not diagnosed until loss of vision is quite advanced. The disease is often missed because peripheral vision slowly fades in different areas in each eye and central vision is not affected until very late in the disease. Correct treatment can slow the disease down and reduce the risk of tunnel vision or even blindness. Early diagnosis requires careful monitoring of different functions and structures of the eye using the latest technology. Eye drops which reduce pressure can be used to control the disease and has been highly successful. Laser treatment can enhance control and can reduce the need for drops. Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) using tiny stents can reduce or stop your need for eye drops altogether.
The introduction of sight-saving antiVEGF injections in 2004, has dramatically reduced the risk of loss of vision from wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), still one of the most common causes of blindness in Australia. Early diagnosis, before vision has been lost, is crucial and this requires very prompt referral. The latest imaging equipment is used, both to diagnose and follow treatment, to ensure that enough treatment is provided at the correct intervals so that useful central sight (important for reading, driving and face recognition) is not lost. More recently, in 2018, a new laser was introduced, which allows treatment of dry AMD, before injections are needed, 2RT laser has been able to reduce the risk of progression to late AMD (including wet AMD which requires regular injections) by up to 4 times in selected patients.
In Diabetes, the intermittent but long term increase in blood sugar level causes organs, especially the eye and kidney, to fail from blockage and leakage of blood vessels. In the eye, early disease has no symptoms but will lead to mild loss of vision initially, which then leads to moderate and severe vision loss and eventually blindness, if left untreated. This also happens in other conditions affecting the blood vessels that result from age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and genetic factors. Early diagnosis is essential so that treatment can be started early, which can prevent or reverse loss of vision, including antiVEGF therapy and 2RT laser.
Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) happens when one or more of the veins that drain blood from the retina becomes blocked. When RVO occurs the used blood cannot drain away from the eye properly. This causes the blood to ‘back up’ in the system. The blockage and pooling of blood can cause the retina, especially the central retina or macula, to swell and may also cause areas of haemorrhage (bleeding). RVO may lead to mild to severe vision loss, depending on the severity and location of the blockage. If left untreated, it can cause secondary glaucoma and even blindness. With early detection and correct treatment, loss of sight can be prevented and vision improved.
Age, sun damage, infection, trauma and other factors can lead to problems of the tear ducts and eye lids. Disease of the tear ducts and eyelids can cause many symptoms including dry eye symptoms like grittiness, redness and pain as well as symptoms of eye watering. They can also result in a change in shape or position of the eyelids and eye brows which can lead to both visual and cosmetic problems. Oculoplastic surgery is a branch of eye surgery that addresses these problems
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner