Ophthalmology

Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a day surgery procedure that involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens.

Your surgeon will have access to the very latest technology used in cataract surgery. They will also be supported at all times by experts in ophthalmic care, including anaesthetists, nursing staff and theatre staff.

Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Here at Panch Day Surgery Centre, we are excited to be one of a growing number of medical facilities in the world to offer this ground-breaking new technology in cataract surgery.

The LenSx® femtosecond laser technology replaces crucial stages of the cataract procedure which, to date, have been performed manually. Recently published data confirms that laser cataract surgery offers benefits in terms of safety and accuracy when compared to manual cataract surgery.

Oculoplastics

If you are having a procedure that involves the eye lid, tear ducts or the eye socket, you will be having what is generally called oculoplastic surgery.

Glaucoma Surgery

The most common surgical procedure to treat glaucoma is called a ‘trabeculectomy’. This is a filtering procedure that the ophthalmic surgeon performs to create a channel into the surrounding tissues through the wall of the eye (the sclera) near the trabecular meshwork.

This new opening allows fluid (aqueous humor) to drain out of the eye, bypassing the clogged drainage channels of the trabecular meshwork. It helps reduce pressure in the eye. A drug to prevent the channel closing is sometimes used. Trabeculectomy is usually performed under local anaesthesia with light sedation administered by a specialist anaesthetist. – and the patient can return home on the same day of the procedure.

A new alternative available in Australia for cataract surgery patients with glaucoma, is the introduction of micro-invasive glaucoma surgery. This procedure involves inserting a titanium stent smaller than a pinhead through a 1.5 mm corneal incision. The stent creates a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork to continuously improve the outflow of aqueous humour from the eyes, therefore lowering pressure within the eye.

Corneal Surgery

A corneal transplant (also called corneal grafting) is considered a sight-restoring procedure that is achieved by replacing a damaged or diseased cornea with donated corneal tissue.

There are two types of corneal transplants: partial-thickness and full-thickness. A partial-thickness corneal transplant is a fairly recent advance and is used when not all of the layers of your cornea are diseased or damaged.

Your ophthalmologist will use a microscope when performing the transplant. Sutures are required and are made of a material that is finer than a human hair.

Generally, the prognosis for the outcome of a corneal transplant is very good. Most people will experience a considerable improvement in vision. However, you will still most likely need glasses or contact lenses. Adjustment of sutures is often required to try to create a regular and round corneal shape. Sutures can be removed typically from 6 months to 3 years later. If the shape of the cornea is not ideal after removal of all the sutures, then laser eye surgery (ASLA) may be used to reshape the cornea to a better shape.

Our corneal specialist surgeons also offer a wide range of other treatments and procedures for abnormalities of the cornea including, pterygium, keratoconus, corneal dystrophy, corneal scarring and chemical burns.