What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes, but it cannot spread from one eye to the other.

What are the treatment options for cataract?

Surgery is the only treatment for cataracts and is recommended based on the severity of the disease and the impact it will have on the daily activities of the patient.

What are flashes and floaters?

Flashes are perception of brief arcs or light sparkles that you may experience even in a dark room where no light is actually flashing. Floaters are movable spots that can appear in your field of vision. Eye floaters may look like black or grey particles that move along with eye movement.

What is pterygium?

A pterygium is a fleshy overgrowth of tissue (conjunctiva) onto the clear central window of the eye (cornea). It is related to extensive sun exposure, and is commonly seen in people who work outdoors or enjoy a lot of outdoor sports.

A pterygium can grow over the visual axis and cause blurred vision. Very rarely, a cancerous growth can develop within a pterygium, therefore, regular check-up and early surgical removal are recommended.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a common aging condition of the eye in which the central vision deteriorates. The macula is the central portion of the retina, which is responsible for central vision (focusing fine details and colours). This central vision helps us read, recognize faces and drive. Degeneration of the macula makes these daily activities difficult.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Symptoms of macular degeneration can include:

  • Difficulty in reading or any activity that require fine central vision
  • Distortion (straight lines seem bent or irregular)
  • Difficulty in distinguishing faces
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling us directly during our working hours. You can also click here to book an appointment online.

What should I bring when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointment, please remember to bring the following

  • Referral letter from GP, family physician, optometrist or other doctor
  • A valid ID or Driver’s license
  • Medicare card, DVA card, pension card
  • Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
  • Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
  • A list of your current medications including tablets and eye drops

What happens when I arrive at my first visit?

On your first visit, you will be asked to fill in an information form. This includes relevant questions about your identity and contact details. There will also be a privacy consent form to sign relating to the release of your personal information that allows your eye specialist to report back to your referring general practitioner, optometrist or specialist.

What should I expect during my first visit?

In order for us to perform a thorough and complete examination of your eyes, please allow up to 60 minutes for your appointment. A full medical history will be taken. As part of a comprehensive eye examination, your pupils will be dilated and this will make your vision blurry for approximately two hours. Depending on your eye problem you may require to have some further tests done. You doctor will then discuss your treatment options with you.

How do I cancel an appointment?

To cancel an appointment, telephone the office during business hours and allow at least 1 days’ notice so that we can offer your appointment time to patients on our waiting list.

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