“I only implement the latest methods through state of the art equipment when performing cataract surgery”
Surgery for cataracts means that the clouded lens of the eye (which is the cataract) is being removed.
Dr Roelof replaces the lens either with toric lenses or multifocal lenses depending on the specific circumstance of the individual patient.
If cataracts need to be removed from both eyes, in general we keep to the following standard:
- Surgery will first be performed on the one eye;
- Care is focused on the operated eye to ensure complete healing;
- An eye test is done to determine the improvement of the eyesight; and only then
- Surgery will be done on the other eye.
There are two main types of cataract surgery:
- Small-incision surgery (Phacoemulsification) which means that sound waves (ultrasound) are used to break up the lens into small pieces. This type of surgery requires only small incisions; and
- Standard extra-capsular cataract extraction (ECCE) which refers to surgery that opens the lens as well as the front part of the lens capsule covering the lens. This procedure enables the careful removal of the lens in one piece.
: Implants to reduce distorted and blurred vision (astigmatism).
: Lense implants that provide two or more points of focus.