Your eyesight is important, so it’s natural to have questions around eye surgery and health. If our FAQ section doesn’t answer your specific question, contact us for advice.
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At Forest Eye Surgery, we strive to give you the utmost care and attention in a timely fashion. Since your first consultation may require extensive examination and tests, expect to stay up to 1.5 hours.
You will be seen by the orthoptist first, who will check your vision and eye pressure, and instil eye drops if necessary. You will then see your doctor, who may order more tests if required.
The most important consideration when deciding on any form of eye surgery, is selecting the most skillful, dedicated and up-to-date surgeon, with the patient as their number one priority.
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A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens. It is an age-related process that happens to everyone. Most people have some degree of cataract from the age of 60 onwards. Occasionally cataracts can develop in younger individuals who have experienced eye trauma, or have diabetes or other systemic illnesses.
The symptoms of cataract are:
A range of options is available to allow freedom from spectacles and contact lenses. The best option takes a highly individualised approach, taking into account the person’s age, glasses and/or contact lens prescription, the health of their eye, and their hobbies and lifestyle. Not all individuals are suitable for laser vision correction, but for the vast majority, a suitable alternative exists.
Read more about lens replacement surgery at Forest Eye Surgery
There are a number of lens options available. The best option for you depends on a number of factors including your current prescription, personal preferences and lifestyle. Your surgeon can discuss these with you in more detail.
Read more about intraocular lens options available at Forest Eye Surgery
A pterygium is a wedge-shaped growth of conjunctiva onto the cornea, the clear window at the front of the eye. It is due to extensive sun exposure, and is commonly seen in people who work outdoors or play a lot of outdoor sports.
A pterygium can grow over the pupil and cause blurred vision. It can also cause intermittent redness and irritation of the eye. Less commonly, a cancerous growth can develop within a pterygium. These cancerous growths need early surgical removal for the best chance of cure.
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Keratoconus causes progressive thinning of the cornea. The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye, which focuses light onto the retina. The cornea is normally smooth and dome-shaped. However, in keratoconus, it becomes very thin, irregular, and starts to protrude like a cone. This causes blurred vision that is often not correctable with glasses. Keratoconus usually involves both eyes, however one eye may be more advanced than the other.
Vision can initially be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, but as the condition progresses, these no longer afford good vision, and a corneal transplant may be recommended.
Keratoconus is best detected early, as there is effective treatment available to halt its progression and maintain good vision. This treatment is called corneal collagen cross-linking, which is effective in the vast majority.
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