Forster Eye Surgery -We Provide World Class Eye Services To the Great Lakes and Manning Regions.
3/10-12 South Street FORSTER, NSW 2428
Phone: +61 2 6555 5669
We are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Forster Eye Surgery is a purpose built facility which aims to provide world class eye services to the Great Lakes and Manning regions. Our priority is to offer our patients a full range of ophthalmic services in a pleasant, efficient and polite environment where we realise your time is as valuable as ours. Our Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Optometrists are all leading eye specialists in their fields.
We have a wide range of diagnostic services including objective and subjective perimetery, digital retinal photography, anterior segment photography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography (OCT- anterior and posterior), and corneal topography. Surgical services are offered on site in our comprehensively equipped Operating Theatre and at numerous local hospitals.
Services Forster eye surgery
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Cataracts are treated by removing the cloudy lens of the eye with surgery. Sun protection and quitting smoking may help prevent cataracts. Cataracts are common in older people.
Having a cataract can be compared to looking through a frosted or steamed window. A cataract is not a growth or film over the eye. It is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye.
Symptoms of cataracts
Symptoms of cataract can include:
blurring of vision
glare or light sensitivity
poor night vision
fading of colour perception
needing a brighter light to read.
Cataracts can be diagnosed with an eye examination. If you notice any changes in your vision, you should have your vision checked by a doctor, optometrist or eye specialist.
Cataracts are common in older people
Cataracts develop as a normal part of the aging process and are most common in people over 60. The prevalence of cataracts rises from about 2.5 per cent for people in their 40s to 99 per cent of people in their 90s.
Almost half of people in their 90s have had cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed ophthalmic surgery in Australia, and is becoming more common as people live longer.
Causes of cataracts
The most common type of cataract is associated with ageing. Other causes of cataract include:
some blood pressure lowering medications.
Treatment for cataracts
A cataract is treated by removing the cloudy lens of the eye with surgery. After the cloudy lens is removed, it is replaced with an intraocular lens implant to restore the focusing power of the eye. Most surgeries are done as day procedures and do not require an overnight stay in hospital.
Around 95 per cent of patients who have undergone cataract surgery have sufficient vision to drive a car. Complications are rare, but as with any surgery, a perfect result cannot be guaranteed.
Prevention of cataracts
Currently, we do not know how to prevent cataract, but sun protection (wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat outdoors) and not smoking can reduce your risk. Research is currently being conducted to determine if antioxidants may help prevent or delay the onset of cataracts.
Vision loss can change your life dramatically. At first, everyday activities may be difficult or impossible. However, support and advice are available to help people who are blind or have vision loss live independently and adapt to life with vision impairment. For many people, there is no need to give up activities they enjoy.
Vision loss can affect people of all ages, but approximately two thirds of those who are vision impaired are over the age of 65. There are many types of vision impairment and each has a different effect on a person’s ability to see and on their mobility. Some vision loss can be prevented, while other conditions may be hereditary or develop as people age. About six per cent of people in Australia with vision impairment are totally blind.
Types of vision loss
The major causes and effects of vision impairment are:
- age-related macular degeneration – causes distortion or loss of central vision in older people, resulting in difficulties with activities such as reading and recognising faces
- diabetic retinopathy – symptoms include blurring and patchiness in vision. The underlying cause is diabetes
- glaucoma – causes tunnel vision and affects safe mobility and driving
- cataracts – cause blurring of vision and increased sensitivity to glare, but can be corrected by surgery
- refractive error – half of all vision impairment in Australia is due to under-corrected refractive error. Types of refractive error include long-sightedness, short-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Refractive error can be improved by wearing glasses
- vision loss in children – there are many diseases, defects, malformations, infections and disorders that can affect the visual system in infants. Seeing is an important way for infants to learn. Vision impairment can influence the normal development of body control, hand use, language and social behaviours.
Vision loss services
Vision loss services provide support and advice to people of all ages and with all degrees of vision impairment or blindness. You can get assessment of optical and other devices as well as support in developing strategies to make best use of your remaining vision. Occupational therapists offer advice and guidance on increasing your independence in a wide variety of everyday activities. You may also need support in making changes to your home and workplace or training in the use of adaptive equipment or a guide dog. See Vision Australia for more information.
The kinds of support available include:
- Training in the use of different mobility devices, such as a white cane, or in living with a guide dog. This helps people to move about safely and confidently in their community
- Advice on special devices such as large print and touch markers. These allow people to use appliances like washing machines and ovens more easily and safely
- Radio stations for people who are unable to read the standard printed word. RPH Print Radio stations read out newspapers, magazines and books on air as well as providing other specialist programs of interest
- Libraries of books, recipes and government information available in large print, cassette, braille or CD format
- A wide range of equipment to help people with vision impairment in their everyday lives – for example needle threaders, talking watches and clocks, coin and note holders
- For people with some vision, a growing range of videos that include descriptions of the visual information when there are gaps in the dialogue
- Low-vision clinics offering spectacles, magnifiers, telescopes and other devices that can enhance remaining vision.
Common Eye Conditions We Care For
Cataracts are cloudy areas on the lens of the eye. Vision becomes increasingly poor as light passing through the cataract is decreased and scattered. Early symptoms include glare and sensitivity to bright light. Later, as the cataract continues to worsen, haloes may appear around lights. Vision often becomes blurred, hazy and foggy.
When a retinal detachment occurs, the retina is separated from the underlying tissue and stops functioning. Wherever the retina detaches, vision is lost and a shadow develops. This can lead to total blindness in the affected eye. In most cases, the cause is a retinal tear or hole.
In people with diabetes, tiny blood vessels in the retina may become diseased and damaged. This process is called diabetic retinopathy. It usually affects the retina slowly, over months or years.
Age-related macular degeneration
Macular degeneration (MD) occurs when the macula, a small area of the retina, is damaged. MD usually affects both eyes but it may produce symptoms in one eye first. If MD continues to its late stages, severe visual impairment can result. In most cases, visual loss is in the central part of vision.
A pterygium is a wedge-shaped growth of thickened tissue that covers the white part of the eye. It can grow to cover the pupil, become red, irritated, cause astigmatism and become uncomfortable. The pterygium may have to be surgically removed.
Strabismus is the term for incorrect alignment of the eyes; they do not point in the same direction when looking at an object. Strabismus may be present all the time or it can come and go. It may occur in one eye only, or it may alternate from eye to eye.
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, optometrist and orthoptist?
All are eye care professionals, but only an ophthalmologist is a medically trained specialist.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has undertaken additional specialist training in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the eye and visual system.
Ophthalmology training equips eye specialists to provide the full spectrum of eye care, including the prescription of glasses and contact lenses, medical treatment and complex microsurgery.
Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.
Optometrists examine eyes, give advice on visual problems, and prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses. If eye disease is detected, an optometrist will refer patients to an ophthalmologist for further management. In certain circumstances, ophthalmologists and optometrists work collaboratively in the care of patients, especially those with chronic eye diseases.
Orthoptists are allied health professionals who are trained to diagnose and manage disorders of eye movements and associated vision problems. They are also trained to perform investigative testing of eye diseases. They work in a diverse range of settings, including hospitals, private practices, low vision and rehabilitation settings and research centres.
We work with the following Local Hospitals
29-41 South Street, Forster NSW 2428
Phone: 02 6555 1333
Mayo Private Hospital
Potoroo Drive Taree NSW 2430
Phone: 02 6552 1466
26 York Street, Taree NSW 2430
Phone: 02 6592 9111
Church Street, Gloucester, NSW 2422
Phone: 02 6538 5000