Lifestyle Cataract Surgery2020-12-04T04:11:35+11:00

Get freedom from cataracts and glasses with lifestyle cataract surgery in Melbourne

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Discover the benefits of lifestyle cataract surgery in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains how patients feel after lifestyle cataract surgery
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Who can our life-changing treatments help?

If you see yourself in how I describe my ideal patients below, we can certainly help you enhance your every waking moment with amazing natural vision
I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

The growing need for reading glasses and varifocals is a constant reminder that you’re getting older. Taking them on and off, leaving them at home or losing them can just about ruin any activity you had planned. Yes, of course, ageing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make the frustration and hassle of visual aids any easier to accept.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life adventure by booking a free appointment today.

I'm over 50 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

I’m over 40 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

Later life should be about spending time with friends and family, enjoying a relaxing retirement, and appreciating everything life has to offer now the hard work is over. Unfortunately, cataracts and presbyopia can impair your daily routine and get in the way of many activities you once loved.

Be free from cataracts and visual aids and celebrate the everyday with exceptional natural vision by booking a free appointment today.

Take the first step towards a life free from cataracts and glasses

Discover if you can get the benefit

The best way to find out if lifestyle cataract surgery is right for you is to have a free discovery appointment. You’ll get a clear answer from me on your suitability and treatment options.

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Your life after lifestyle cataract surgery

Every aspect of life becomes more enjoyable when you free yourself from the things that slow you down, hold you back and get in your way

See the world

After the surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts, and you’ll be able to see a full range of distances without your glasses.

Liberate your soul

Watch your frustration and anxiety with glasses and contact lenses melt away. You’ll feel liberated, open-minded and free from any niggling symptoms that were related to your poor, cloudy vision.

It’s the small pieces that make the big picture

Our patients are often amazed by the detail they weren’t able to see with cataracts, and notice that they’re more engaged in hobbies and activities they hadn’t previously considered.

Find joy in the journey

After the surgery, our patients have a new lease of life. They feel rejuvenated and youthful for their years and realise that age really is just a number.

See the world

After lifestyle cataract surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts, and you’ll be able to see a full range of distances without your glasses.

Liberate your soul

Watch your frustration and anxiety with glasses and contact lenses will melt away. You’ll feel liberated, open-minded and free from any niggling symptoms that were related to your poor, cloudy vision.

It’s the small pieces that make the big picture

Our patients are often amazed by the detail they weren’t able to see with cataracts, and notice that they’re more engaged in hobbies and activities they hadn’t previously considered.

Find joy in the journey

After refractive cataract surgery, our patients have a new lease of life. They feel rejuvenated and youthful for their years and realise that age really is just a number.

Want to start your next adventure today?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

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Book a free appointment or give us a call on +611300297583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

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WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses. 

How does it work?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on +611300297583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment

WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses.

Lifestyle cataract surgery explained

Everything you need to know about lifestyle cataract surgery
Lifestyle cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment for many middle-aged patients with high refractive errors.

Though the great majority of patients with cataract are suitable to have it removed, other factors must be taken into consideration before entering the surgical theatre.

A consultation with the experienced clinicians at Eye Laser Specialists can determine if treatment at our Eye Spa for pre-existing dry eye is recommended prior to undergoing surgery, or whether your vision is not likely to be significantly improved with cataract extraction, such as in the case of other visually significant eye diseases.

Before surgery

An important part of the preoperative consultation with your ophthalmologist is choosing the lens implant. Technology has advanced to the point to allow us to offer lens implants that can correct your distance, intermediate and near vision. These lenses are called multifocal (MF) and extended depth of focus (EDoF) intraocular lenses and they reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses after surgery.

During surgery

Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. We also offer light sedation for anxious patients. We insert an ultrasound probe into the eye via a very small incision in the cornea to break up the cataract. We then remove the pieces of cataract from the eye and position a clear surgical-grade plastic lens in its place.

After surgery

The operation is typically performed on one eye at a time and takes around half an hour. We will place a protective shield over the eye, and give you a regimen of postoperative drops to aid healing. Your vision will likely be blurry for a couple of days immediately after surgery, but it should clear rapidly after that.

Advantages

  • Excellent and predictable vision results
  • We can tailor the intraocular lens to your individual needs
  • We perform surgery on the cataract in the day, so you can return home the same day
  • The use of intraocular lenses offers a good alternative treatment for presbyopia

Disadvantages

  • We usually operate on the eyes on separate days
  • The intraocular lens can develop a posterior capsule opacity that may require laser treatments in future

Risks of lens surgery 

  • Loss of best corrected visual acuity
  • Infection (Endophthalmitis) 1:2000 per eye
  • Risk of requiring a second operation
  • Refractive error still requiring laser refractive surgery/ glasses

The only way to improve the vision if you have a cataract is with surgery. 

Refractive lens exchange is sometime the best option available if you are not suitable to have corneal refractive procedures.

Step 1: We prepare the eye with a sterile drape

Step 2: We apply the anaesthetic

Step 3: We remove the cataract with an ultrasound device (phacoemulsification)

Step 4: We insert the new multifocal lens into the eye

Step 5: We insert antibiotics into the eye 

Step 6: We place a clear shield over the eye which you must wear overnight 

Step 7: You must use anti-inflammatory eye drops for three weeks after surgery

After surgery, you’ll have reduced if not eliminated your need for glasses and contact lenses entirely. You’ll have a freedom that some patients call “life-changing”.

What our patients say...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!

Kate Luscombe

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.

Ash Redward

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!

Trish Toth

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!

Zac Puplett

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Links to authoritative resources on lifestyle cataract surgery

Follow the links below for more information on lifestyle cataract surgery

A look at various strategies for refractive cataract surgery lens implantation technology and how this can meet patient needs for a wide range of uncorrected vision. Click here for more information – Ophthalmology Times

Everything you should know about this common elective eye surgery. Click here for more information – US News.

If you have put off surgery for your cataract, consider this: the procedure could make you a safer driver, according to research. Click here for more information – Harvard Health Publishing

About the expert

Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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