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Questions for your doctor

Considerations when choosing where to have your cataract procedureMany people with cataracts unnecessarily delay a cataract procedure and better vision because of fear of the risks or of the procedure itself. The most common fear is of needles around the eyes. At Cataract Surgery SA we use very strong drops only - no needles - and sedation to make you relaxed and a little sleepy. Whilst all procedures have risks, modern cataract surgery is very safe.

Types of artificial lenses

When your cataract is removed it is replaced with a small clear plastic lens, without which you would need extremely strong glasses to focus. So all patients receive this plastic lens implant known as an intraocular lens or IOL. 

Cataract Surgery Cost

How much does cataract surgery cost? Medicare or private health insurance pays for most and sometimes all of the cost of cataract procedures with out of pocket expenses ranging from $0 - $370. If you don't have private health insurance Cataract Surgery SA also caters for self funded cataract surgery which can be discussed at the time of your consultation.

How do you choose your cataract surgeon and clinic?

Private cataract surgery is an alternative to public so you may choose who will operate on your eyes. This choice of surgeon is a very important. There are valuable ways to choose your cataract surgeon and clinic. Cataract surgery restores vision and focus for your most important sense, and largest source of information. Our eyes also convey and create strong emotions. It is worth spending some time considering who you would want to operate on your delicate eyes. I believe it is worth travelling further– nowhere is truly far in Adelaide – for the cataract surgeon you believe is the best for you. Another 20-50 minutes travel may be worthwhile for the vision you will gain from cataract surgery and potentially enjoy every waking minute the rest of your life. It may also be worth considering spending a little more, if you can, rather than insisting on surgery with no out-of-pocket costs, in order to obtain the surgeon you believe is best for you and your eyes. What factors make a good cataract surgeon and cataract practice?  A short list could possibly include: Surgical experience in terms of years and number of cataract procedures performedFurther subspecialty training in a Fellowship in Cataract and or Refractive SurgeryWritten and video information about cataract surgery accessible prior to your appointment allowing you to be best prepared for your specialist appointment.Explanations of the full range of options regarding your need for spectacles after cataract surgery including toric and multifocal implants, and monovision.Presented or published statistical analysis of the accuracy of cataract surgery outcomes and complication rates compared with international standardsfull explanation of all cataract surgery costs in writingfull explanation of all cataract surgery risks in writingaccess to a modern comfortable day surgery specializing in cataract and lens surgery only, with experienced staff and a total stay of perhaps two hours onlyThe option of “no needle” topical anaesthesia for cataract surgeryYou may also wish to consider whether your choice of cataract surgeon and clinic offers access to laser vision correction to fine tune your focus at no cost to you, if required after cataract surgery I believe these factors are too important for your eyes and vision to ignore. The above factors may turn out to be available at your nearest and or cheapest cataract surgeon, or at one that is further away and a little more expensive. Either way, by carefully considering the above factors first, you will have tremendous satisfaction you have made the best choice deciding in whose hands to place your most treasured eyes and vision.