Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. Surgery involves replacing this cloudy lens with a clear implant resulting in clearer vision. It's a painless and fast day procedure, with quick visual recovery and minimal downtime.


Symptoms We See

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing "halos" around lights
How it works

The Process

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We’ll take you through the process of eye surgery step by step and help you understand the procedure and make an informed decision.

Treatment plan

We understand that we all have varied visual demands and we will tailor the treatment according to your specific visual requirements and hobbies. We offer a multitude of premium lens implants which allow us to cater for your personalised surgical plan.

Preparing for surgery

Our friendly staff will advise you ahead of time if you need to fast or stop any medications prior to the surgery. We recommend planning 3 days of downtime including the day of surgery, and you will need to have someone available to take you home on the day. You will not be able to drive for 72 hours post surgery. It is a good idea to bring sunglasses and avoid wearing any eye makeup on the day of surgery.

The procedure

Cataract surgery is a day procedure and you're typically in the day hospital for a few hours. You will receive a local anaesthetic that ensures a pain free and comfortable journey. We utilise modern micro surgical techniques using state of the art technology in cataract removal in the quickest and safest way. The surgery itself typically takes under 30 minutes to perform.


Immediately after surgery you will be looked after by expert nursing staff and we will check your operated eye prior to your departure which is likely within an hour following surgery. We will provide you with anti-inflammatory eye drops to use at home. Most commonly, vision will start to clear within a few days post surgery. We will give you clear printed instructions on the day to ensure optimal eye care and recovery.

Follow up consult

We will arrange a routine post operative review at one of our clinics usually within one month of surgery.


Explore Cataract Surgery Treatment

Small-incision surgery

This is the most common advanced technique in removing cataracts in the developed world. We are able to perform very accurate surgeries due to our investment in the latest technology and integrations to assess the specifics of your eye anatomy which enable us to accurately choose the most suitable lens implant for your eye. This is all to ensure best practice and giving you optimal vision post surgery.

Our surgeon makes a tiny cut on your cornea. They put a small device in your eye that gives off ultrasound waves that break up your cloudy lens. Then, they take out the pieces and put in the artificial lens.

Lens Implant Options

Our surgeons are all trained in different premium lens implant options. These include monofocal, multifocal, toric and extended range or enhanced depth of focus (EDOF) lens implants.

They will discuss with you pre-operatively the different options available to you and will advise you on the best implant for your eye.


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What is a cataract?

Common eye condition where the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy over time. The lens, like a camera lens, helps your eyes focus on what you are looking at. Over time, cataracts progress, causing blurry or misty vision. It’s much like looking through a dirty camera lens or a foggy window.

How do I know I have a cataract?

Signs may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Reduced night vision or trouble driving at night
  • Fading or yellowing of colours
  • Distortion or double vision in one eye.
  • Glasses that don’t work

What causes cataracts?

  • Age
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Long term use of certain medications
  • Eye trauma
  • Exposure to sunlight over extended period of time
  • History of smoking

How are cataracts treated?

  • New glasses and appropriate lighting may improve very early symptoms associated with cataracts.
  • If the cataract affects your day-to-day life the only treatment that is effective and permanent is surgery. The surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL remains in place of the rest of your life and is personalised for your eyes and visual needs.
  • Cataract surgery is a day procedure, commonly done in hospital, under a local anaesthetic. There are usually no stitches and vision can recover in a few days. Modern cataract surgery is very safe and highly effective. It can minimise the need for glasses.
Founder and Surgeon at Adelaide Eye Surgeons

Dr Edward Greenrod

At Adelaide Eye Surgeons, our aim is to provide all South Australians with the best care for their eyes. We are experts in proven, advanced surgical treatments utilising modern technology. We specialise in cataract, cornea, glaucoma, laser and retinal surgery."

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