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CATARACT SURGERY INFORMATION
Dr Perrott is a Cataract Surgery and Laser Surgery Specialist.
He is committed to the quality of his work and to the success of your outcome.

Every patient is seen as an individual deserving of the highest level of attention.

He focuses on excellence by using  the most advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures as well as giving  experienced advice for achieving your best possible visual result.
  What are cataracts?

The lens of the human eye is similar in operation to the lens of a camera. Located near the front of the eye, the lens focuses light on to the retina at the back of the eye. Light passes through it to produce a sharp image on the retina.

When the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, light is unable to pass through it and your vision is blurred. This condition is known as a cataract.

There are many misconceptions about cataracts. For instance, a cataract is not a film visible on the outside of the eye. It is not caused from the over-use of the eyes, and using the eyes does not make it worse.

Cataracts usually develop over a period of many months or even years.
They can occur as early as age 40.


Occasionally they may occur in infants or children as a congenital defect.
  How do cataracts affect you?
Initially, you may not even be aware that a cataract is developing. As the cataract progresses, you will notice a deterioration of your distance and/or reading vision. You may experience hazy, fuzzy and blurred vision. Double vision may also occur when a cataract is beginning to form. Your eyes may also be more sensitive to light and glare, making night driving difficult.

There may be a need to change eyeglass prescriptions in the early stages, which may help temporarily. As the cataract develops you’ll find stronger glasses no longer improve your sight.
  Advanced no-stitch cataract surgery
At Vincent Pallotti Dr Perrott uses phaco-emulsification which is the most advanced technique of cataract removal that allows the cataract to be removed through a very small, secure opening about 2.2mm in length.

This type of surgery means that your recovery period is dramatically shortened. Normal activities such as driving, walking, sports etc. can usually be commenced within a few days. Note that cataracts are not removed by laser. However, occasionally laser surgery is used to remove any thickening of the membrane that may occur behind the lens implant.
  Refractive - Cataract Surgery

Although you may have always needed to wear glasses, you may be surprised to know that you may not be as reliant on glasses after surgery. For this reason, we now call this surgery “refractive-cataract surgery”. Before your surgery, Dr Perrott will discuss with you your requirements and what refractive outcome would be best for you. Just as there are bifocal and progressive spectacles, so there are different types of lenses that we can put in your eye during refractive-cataract surgery to give you the vision that best meets your requirements. Dr Perrott uses the latest technology, including the “Zeiss IOL Master”  to ensure that the lens selected is correct for you.

Lens options include:

  1. Wavefront-corrected single-focus lenses
    These can give you your very best distance vision, and can correct about all of the short or long sightedness that you have. You will usually need glasses for closer vision.

  2. Dual-Focus lenses
    These lenses, of which there are a few different varieties can give you both a distance focus and a near focus, so that 80% of people find that they don’t need to wear glasses for either reading or looking in the distance. Because of the way they work, there may be a slight compromise  in definition compared to single-focus lenses.

  3. Astigmatism correcting lenses
    Many people have a natural focusing problem called astigmatism, which is normally not corrected with single-focus lenses. Toric lenses, however, can correct varying degrees of astigmatism.

It is obviously important that, together with Dr Perrott, you identify what your visual requirements are so that he can give you the vision that best suits your needs.

  Convenient day-stay surgery
Vincent Pallotti offers modern theatre facilities for eye surgery. It is equiped with a Zeiss operating microscope and the Alcon Infiniti phakoemulsification machine. You will be made to feel relaxed and comfortable by our experienced theatre staff.
  On the day of the surgery:

  1. You will first check in at reception before being taken to the Day Surgery Ward.

  2. Once in the ward drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil.

  3. You will be given a mild sedative to help you relax.

  4. Eye drops will be used to anaesthetise your eye. Dr Perrott uses the "no injection, no needles technique".

    The skin around the eye will be cleaned. Sterile drapes will be placed around your head and face.

    You will be aware of voices during the procedure but for the most part you will be slightly drowsy, due to medication.

  5. An anaesthetist and nurse will be with you continuously to ensure your safety and comfort during the procedure. The whole experience is completely painless.

  6. There is minimal to no discomfort after the operation.  After the surgery you rest awhile in a lazy-boy chair or in a bed with tea or coffee and a sandwich.

  7. Most patients are able to return home within an hour.

  8. Dr Perrott will examine you in his rooms  day or two later after the op.