Cataract Eye Surgery
Cataract surgery is performed on your eye in order to restore clarity of vision and vibrancy of colours lost from cataracts developing. Cataracts affect your sight by clouding your eye’s natural lens, interfering with natural light and affecting your ability to see clearly.
During your cataract eye surgery, eye’s natural lens will be replaced with an artificial lens to restore clear vision. If left untreated, cataracts may eventually cause blindness.
Why choose A/Prof Skalicky to perform your cataract surgery?
A/Prof Skalicky is a highly experienced cataract surgeon in Melbourne with a proven track record of excellent results. The doctor and his team place a great emphasis on high-quality service that begins with unrushed and open counselling about cataracts, cataract surgery, your likely experience, and the outcome.
Pre-operative measurements are carried out with precision to determine the correct power of the artificial lens you need. Furthermore, A/Prof Skalicky performs cataract surgery with the utmost care and diligence, at a surgical centre with the highest of standards. Consequently, on auditing results from all our cataract surgeries, we have consistently very good outcomes with an excellent safety profile.
How do I know if I need cataract surgery?
Cataracts cause a reduction in:
- quality of vision,
- colour appreciation,
- distance and reading vision, and
- night vision.
These changes may interfere with many of your activities, such as driving, watching TV, working on the computer, reading the newspaper or walking down the street.
After discussion with your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist you should decide together when to have surgery based on how much the cataract(s) interfere with your life.
Cataract vs Cataract removal and artificial lens inserted
A/Prof Skalicky uses a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks up the cloudy lens into small pieces, then gently suctions the fragments from the eye. This part of the procedure promotes fast healing and reduces the risk of cataract surgery complications.
After all remnants of the clouded lens have been removed from your eye, A/Prof Skalicky will insert a clear intraocular lens (an artificial lens). The intraocular lens is secured in the same location where your natural lens had been.
The procedure does not require an overnight stay in a hospital. It is a day procedure, and you should be able to go home that afternoon/evening. You will be awake during the surgical procedure, which lasts 20-30 minutes.
Preparing For Cataract Surgery
Before surgery, it is important to pre-lubricate the eyes to minimise symptoms of post-operative dry eye syndrome. You will be given sample preservative-free lubricants to be used four times daily for 2-3 weeks prior to cataract surgery.
You will arrive, fasted, at the operating theatre several hours before cataract surgery. Nursing staff will greet you and begin administering drops to dilate your pupil. You will be met by your anaesthetist, who will insert an IV cannula and arrange pleasant anaesthesia.
Removal of cataract and insertion of artificial lens
Cataract Surgery Recovery
You will be discharged from surgery several hours after the procedure into the care of a family or a friend. Do not attempt to drive yourself home immediately after the surgery. A protective shield is placed over the eye to keep it safe in the early stages of your cataract surgery recovery.
Your first post-operative appointment will be the following day by A/Prof Skalicky; the eye dressing will be removed, and your first eye drops will be administered.
A/Prof Skalicky will have a strict eye-care routine for you to follow. You will administer prescription eyedrops four times a day, chlorsig (an antibiotic) for one week and predneferine forte (an anti-inflammatory agent) for four weeks.
Four weeks post-surgery, you will have a final review appointment with A/Prof Skalicky, and then you can get updated spectacles from your Optometrist. It is important to wait until the eyes are fully recovered prior to making new glasses.
What are the benefits of cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery generally results in excellent vision. It will improve the colours you see, the sharpness and quality of your vision. If you wear spectacles for distance vision, cataract surgery may render you spectacle free for distance vision, and can sometimes reduce your dependence on glasses for reading as well.
In patients with glaucoma, raised eye pressure or narrow angles, cataract surgery can widen the drainage angle, improving the drainage of fluid from the eye to lower the eye pressure. Furthermore, minimally invasive glaucoma stents (e.g. the iStent) can be inserted at the time of cataract surgery, to control the eye pressure better and reduce the need for long-term glaucoma eye drops.
Accreditations & Credentials
Dr Skalicky is an active clinician, surgeon, researcher, teacher, academic and health advocate who has published over 40 articles in international Ophthalmology journals. Known as an Ophthalmologist ahead of the times, Dr Skalicky’s career highlights are exceptional and atypical for his age.