What is Cataract?

When the lens of the eye becomes cloudy it is called cataract. This reduces the amount of light passing through the lens and scatters the light causing blurring of the images focused on the retina.

Cataract formation only affects the lens of the eye. As cataracts worsen a patient’s vision becomes more blurred. Some cataracts cause significant glare problems. Cataract surgery is performed to remove cataracts and replace them with artificial intraocular lenses that allow improved quality of vision for patients. Recent advances in cataract surgery techniques and artificial implant design have allowed many patients to see well in the distance, at the computer and read without glasses. Modern small incision cataract surgery as offered at Cairns Eye and Laser Centre is one of the most successful surgical procedures performed.