Ashburton eye clinic

Eye Care Resources

Here are some questions that Dr. Permezel is asked quite frequently regarding cataract surgery. For more detailed answers, please see the Eye Care Resources to the right of the page.

Do I need cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is warranted when blurring of vision starts to compromise your quality of life. This can be different for different people and occur at varying stages throughout life.

Is surgery safe?
Cataract surgery, like any surgery, does carry some risk. These risks, however, are very small and work out to less than 2% of total cataract surgeries performed.

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?
You be mildly sedated before going into the operarting theatre and will also recieve a local anesthetic injection that will make the eye and its surrounds completely numb. You should experience no discomfort during the procedure.

How long is the recovery process?
Generally it is possible to go back to normal, everyday living within a couple of days. The only restriction is no swimming in public pools for a week and no driving for a couple of days. There may be a few more exceptions from person to person and this will be discussed with Dr. Permezel.

Will I still need glasses?
The implant that will replace your cataract is measured before surgery and aims to give good distance vision unaided. Most of the time distance glasses are not needed after surgery but reading glasses are usually required for short distance.

Should I expect any pain after surgery?
It is not uncommon after surgery to experience some mild, gritty discomfort but throbbing and aching warrants a review with Dr. Permezel.

Will I need to wear an eyepatch?
Eyepatches are only required for the first day after surgery.

Will I need to use eye drops?
Yes. Drops will run for an average of 3 weeks post-operatively.

What is a secondary cataract?
In a small number of people in the years following cataract surgery, the membrane behind the implant may thicken which may cloud vision. This is easily dealt with by removal with laser treatment and will not require a trip to hospital.

Which hospitals does Dr. Permezel operate at?
Dr. Permezel spreads his time in Melbourne and the Goulburn Valley area. He operates at Waverley Private Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and Shepparton Private Hospital.

Do I need follow up reviews after surgery has been completed?
Patients are usually seen the morning following surgery and at 2 to 4 weeks. Once things have settled we recommend a review every 12 months for the first couple of years just to make sure that everything is going smoothly.

Does Dr. Permezel correct for astigmatism during cataract surgery?
For patients with significant pre-existing astigmatism, Dr. Permezel will use a toric (astigmatism correcting) implant which will aim to make you less dependent on glasses for distance vision.

Why do I need an A-scan?
The technique for determining the strength of the intraocular lens requires a measurement of the length of the eyeball using ultrasound. This is a painless procedure which should not interfere with your vision. Local anaesthetics are occasionally warranted depending on the patient.