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Questions for your doctor

Considerations when choosing where to have your cataract procedure

Many 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.

How many cataract procedures have they performed?

At Cataract Surgery SA Dr Fraenkel has performed more than 24,000 cataract procedures and has more than 20 years’ experience in Adelaide, Sydney and London.

What sort of hospital will I go to?

Cataract Surgery SA uses a fully accredited boutique day procedure centre that specialises in lens surgery. This means your patient journey may be more comfortable with staff who are dedicated and experienced in dealing with anxiety about a cataract procedure.

Are all cataract surgeons the same?

All are members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and trained in cataract procedures. Dr Fraenkel, our ophthalmologist, has undertaken additional training in cataract surgery in London and Sydney, as well as Diplomas in Cataract and Refractive surgery at the Universities of Sydney and Ulster.

How do I know my cataract surgeon gets good results?

You can ask your ophthalmologist how many of their patients’ eyes are within 0.5 units of the targeted focus (Dioptres) after cataract surgery.

At Cataract Surgery SA, 94% of our patients’ eyes are, which puts us in the top 1% of practices in the world.**

(* at time of publication **communication Warren Hill MD).

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How do I ask about complication rates?

One way is to ask about the ‘posterior capsular rupture’ rate. Our rate is less than 0.1%, which is at the lowest level recorded in a recent study of European eye practices. (EUROQUOL study).