This is an example of a cataract

The term cataract is used to describe any opacity in the lens of the eye. Cataracts develop as a normal part of ageing and cataract surgery is one of the most common, safe and successful procedures performed in the Western world with over 200,000 surgeries occurring in Australia each year. Cataracts can also be caused by trauma to the eye and result from the long-term use of steroids for certain inflammatory or allergic medical conditions.


The operation consists of removal of the cloudy part of the lens and replacing it with a tailored artificial "implant" lens. The operation is performed under local anaesthetic with sedation in a specialised eye day surgery center. If both eyes require operation, they are usually performed a week apart to minimise the period when an imbalance exists between the operated and un-operated eye.


About 3 weeks after the second eye is treated, new prescription spectacles, usually for reading only, can be prescribed by your Optometrist.