No Gap Cataract Surgery is offered to all insured patients at the Sydney Eye Clinic.
Veterans will not have to pay out of pocket and a special rate for pensioners is also offered.
Because the surgeons at the Sydney Eye Clinic believe that advanced eye care, outstanding results and excellent services should be accessible and affordable for all.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina.
They are also one of the most common eye conditions treated at the Sydney Eye Clinic.
Although there is currently no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts, they can be safely and successfully removed.
The cataract assessment is a thorough eye examination.
The painless assessment involves:
Testing your long and short sightedness with and without glasses
Measuring to what degree your vision is affected by glare
Examining the front and back of your eye and
Taking a photo of your cataract
After the assessment is complete, we will discuss with you your treatment options. If your cataracts need to be removed surgically, you will need to have an ultrasound measurement called an A-Scan or IOL Master. This is used to measure the exact power and shape of your eye. From these measurements, we use computer-assisted calculations to determine the exact power of the replacement intraocular lens (IOL) needed to correct your vision. Astigmatism can be adjusted, using a Toric IOL.
Cataract surgery is performed in our Day Surgery. Eye drops are used to ensure you feel no pain during the surgery but still enable you to move your eye and eyelids. As a result, no post operative patch is required and you should be able to see the results immediately after surgery.
Once the eye is numb, a tiny incision is made into the perimeter of the cornea, on the side of the eye that is closest to the temple. This tiny incision (which is self-sealing) creates a small tunnel through which Dr Ilan Sebban is able to remove the cataract and insert the intraocular lens. Please see the video of the actual procedure being performed by Dr Sebban.
The most modern method of removing a cataract is through the use of phacoemulsification. The phacoemulsifier is an ultrasonic probe, which vibrates 40,000 times per second. It breaks up a cataract into tiny microscopic pieces, which are emulsified and gently removed. This method of cataract removal is considered the least traumatic to the eye.
Once the cataract has been removed, a specially designed injector, much like a syringe, is used to implant the foldable intraocular lens in the pupil. There, the lens is slowly ejected where it expands and unfolds into position. Situated in the same capsule, which once housed the natural lens of the eye, the unfolded intraocular lens restores focus after cataract surgery.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
The Sydney Eye Clinic is a no-gap provider with all Health Funds. We therefore do not charge our patients any out-of-pocket costs. No-Gap cataract surgery is available if you have the highest level of private health insurance cover. For the uninsured, the exact cost of cataract surgery is dependent on the type of intraocular lens implant this will be discussed at your cataract assessment and full quotation will be provided.
All patients are given a thorough cataract assessment, at which all the details of the procedure will be discussed with you, including the cost of surgery. We believe that cataract surgery, just like laser eye surgery, should be made accessible and affordable to those who need it. As such, we aim to keep the price as low as possible.
For more information on the costs of laser eye surgery, cataract surgery or any other procedure offered at the Sydney Eye Clinic, please contact us today. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist with your enquiry.
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