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Coffs Eye Surgery based in Coffs Harbour offers laser corrective eye surgery to remove the need for glasses or contact lenses.

 

Now Available in Coffs Harbour

 

Coffs Eye Surgery now offer corrective laser eye surgery, a laser that has helped many people discard their glasses entirely. No longer do you need to travel to the Gold Coast or Newcastle to have this treatment.

 

Dr Fergusson also performs refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery as well as treating conditions of the retinal and macula. laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast laser corrective harbour coast coast coast coast coast coast coast coast coast coast coast coast

 

Laser eye surgery has stood the test of time and the test of volume with millions of people worldwide having this surgery carried out. coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses

 

The cost of laser surgery is less than a lifetime of glasses or contact lenses and will be invaluable for those who play sport and have an active lifestyle where glasses can get in the way. coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses coffs harbour coast contact lenses

 

Imagine not having to wear glasses when playing cricket, basketball, triathlon or any other sport where they can become a nuisance.

 

Lens Surgery and Laser Corrective Eye Surgery

 

Lens surgery and laser corrective eye surgery are types of refractive surgery to correct cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) surgery works by reshaping the cornea using a laser allowing light entering the eye to be focused onto the retina for clear vision.

 

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Sportpersons or athletes who find it cumbersome to play using glasses or contact lenses

Patients with cataracts

People with an active lifestyle who find that glasses and contact lenses inhibit their lifestyle

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People who find that wearing glasses or contact lenses inhibit their professional or personal lives and wish to be free of them

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The lens is a transparent structure in the eye that, along with the cornea, helps to refract light to be focused on the retina.

 

Cornea

 

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer. It is the clear, dome¬-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. It plays an important role in focusing your vision. corrective coffs harbour corrective coffs harbour corrective coffs harbour coast

 

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The macula is the considered the centre of the retina. It is responsible for the central, high-resolution, colour vision. corrective coffs harbour corrective coffs harbour corrective coffs harbour coast

 

Laser Eye Surgery

 

What is refractive eye surgery? Refractive errors cause blurred vision that can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses, such as myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness), astigmatism (some kinds of irregular corneal shapes) and presbyopia (trouble reading with increasing age). Refractive surgery aims to reduce your reliance on glasses and/or contact lenses by permanently altering the shape of the cornea.

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What does PRK stand for?

 

Photo - relating to light

 

Refractive – referring to the change in light direction as it moves from one medium to another

 

Keratectomy – “kerato = “cornea” and ectomy = “surgical removal of a portion of tissue” (in this case resulting in the surface curvature of the eye)”

 

Is PRK quick? Yes, the laser part only takes a minute, maybe two, per eye.

 

Is PRK Painful? The surgery part - no, the eye is anaesthetised. However you can feel the eyelid retainer that is used so you don’t have to concentrate on keeping your eye open for the laser.

 

What’s it like after the surgery?

 

Like most surgeries, the first few days are commonly uncomfortable. Pain is not usual, but watering and grittiness are expected. You can still see and vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. If you can, plan on taking a week off work. Over the next few weeks, vision often gradually improves but may not have achieved the final outcome for several weeks.

 

How long does it take to get your vision back after PRK?

 

You can still see even immediately after PRK - vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. After about a month vision can be excellent, but crispness and clarity can continue to improve over the first 3 to 6 months.

 

Is PRK surgery permanent?

 

Yes, PRK permanently alters the shape of your cornea and it’s refracting characteristics. However it’s not true to say your vision will always be stable because like all parts of our bodies they change as we age.

 

Even if you achieve spectacle independence after the operation, this is not likely to last your entire life. For older people, say more than 50, it’s normal to need reading glasses for fine details up close. coffs contact coffs contact coffs contact coffs contact coffs contact

 

BUT PRK can even help here! Research “Monovision” or ask our staff.

 

Lens Surgery

 

What is a cataract?

 

An opacity, opacities or clouding of the native lens that leads to blurred vision, or a reduction in vision quality.

 

What causes cataracts?

 

While there are causes such as trauma, radiation, inflammatory eye diseases, and metabolic diseases, generally they are age related. Cataracts don’t resolve themselves, so once they have developed you are stuck with them until they are removed.

 

Cataracts

 

How fast does a cataract progress?

 

Rapidly progressive cataracts progress are uncommon. Most cataracts develop gradually and do not require surgery for many months or years.

 

 

Is it painful to remove cataracts?

 

The cataract has no pain fibres, so removing it is not usually painful.

 

 

The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

 

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

 

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

 

Housework: any time after the first day

Gardening: any time after the first week

Exercise: any time after the first week

Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

 

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

 

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

 

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

 

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

 

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

 

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

an initial consultation with our Doctor or

baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery.

 

Like most surgeries, the first few days are commonly uncomfortable. Pain is not usual, but watering and grittiness are expected. You can still see and vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. If you can, plan on taking a week off work. Over the next few weeks, vision often gradually improves but may not have achieved the final outcome for several weeks.

 

How long does it take to get your vision back after PRK?

 

You can still see even immediately after PRK - vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. After about a month vision can be excellent, but crispness and clarity can continue to improve over the first 3 to 6 months.

 

Is PRK surgery permanent?

 

Yes, PRK permanently alters the shape of your cornea and it’s refracting characteristics. However it’s not true to say your vision will always be stable because like all parts of our bodies they change as we age.

 

Even if you achieve spectacle independence after the operation, this is not likely to last your entire life. For older people, say more than 50, it’s normal to need reading glasses for fine details up close.

 

BUT PRK can even help here! Research “Monovision” or ask our staff.

 

Lens Surgery

 

What is a cataract?

 

An opacity, opacities or clouding of the native lens that leads to blurred vision, or a reduction in vision quality.

 

What causes cataracts?

 

While there are causes such as trauma, radiation, inflammatory eye diseases, and metabolic diseases, generally they are age related. Cataracts don’t resolve themselves, so once they have developed you are stuck with them until they are removed.

 

Cataracts

 

How fast does a cataract progress?

 

Rapidly progressive cataracts progress are uncommon. Most cataracts develop gradually and do not require surgery for many months or years.

 

 

Is it painful to remove cataracts?

 

The cataract has no pain fibres, so removing it is not usually painful.

 

 

The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

 

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

 

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

 

Housework: any time after the first day

Gardening: any time after the first week

Exercise: any time after the first week

Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

 

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

 

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

 

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

 

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

 

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

 

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

an initial consultation with our Doctor or

baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery. The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

 

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

 

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

 

Housework: any time after the first day

Gardening: any time after the first week

Exercise: any time after the first week

Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

 

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

 

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

 

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

 

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

 

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

 

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

an initial consultation with our Doctor or

baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery. The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

 

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

 

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

 

Housework: any time after the first day

Gardening: any time after the first week

Exercise: any time after the first week

Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

 

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

 

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

 

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

 

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

 

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

 

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

an initial consultation with our Doctor or

baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery.The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

 

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

 

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

 

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

 

Housework: any time after the first day

Gardening: any time after the first week

Exercise: any time after the first week

Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

 

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

 

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

 

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

 

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

 

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

 

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

an initial consultation with our Doctor or

baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery.

 

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Lens Surgery and Laser Corrective Eye Surgery

 

Lens surgery and laser corrective eye surgery are types of refractive surgery to correct cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) surgery works by reshaping the cornea using a laser allowing light entering the eye to be focused onto the retina for clear vision.

 

Who would these procedures benefit?

 

  • Sportpersons or athletes who find it cumbersome to play using glasses or contact lenses
  • Patients with cataracts
  • People with an active lifestyle who find that glasses and contact lenses inhibit their lifestyle
  • Those that require glasses or contact lenses in order to drive and may forget to put their glasses or contact lenses on before driving
  • People who find that wearing glasses or contact lenses inhibit their professional or personal lives and wish to be free of them
  • Anyone who would like an alternative to glasses or contact lenses

Lens

The lens is a transparent structure in the eye that, along with the cornea, helps to refract light to be focused on the retina.

Macula

The macula is the considered the centre of the retina. It is responsible for the central, high-resolution, colour vision.

 

 

Cornea

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer. It is the clear, dome¬-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. It plays an important role in focusing your vision.

Optic Nerve

The nerve that transmits visual information from your eye to the brain

Laser Eye Surgery

 

What is refractive eye surgery? Refractive errors cause blurred vision that can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses, such as myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness), astigmatism (some kinds of irregular corneal shapes) and presbyopia (trouble reading with increasing age). Refractive surgery aims to reduce your reliance on glasses and/or contact lenses by permanently altering the shape of the cornea.

 

What does PRK stand for?

Photo - relating to light

Refractive – referring to the change in light direction as it moves from one medium to another

Keratectomy – “kerato = “cornea” and ectomy = “surgical removal of a portion of tissue” (in this case resulting in the surface curvature of the eye)”

 

Is PRK quick? Yes, the laser part only takes a minute, maybe two, per eye.

 

Is PRK Painful? The surgery part - no, the eye is anaesthetised. However you can feel the eyelid retainer that is used so you don’t have to concentrate on keeping your eye open for the laser.

 

What’s it like after the surgery?

Like most surgeries, the first few days are commonly uncomfortable. Pain is not usual, but watering and grittiness are expected. You can still see and vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. If you can, plan on taking a week off work. Over the next few weeks, vision often gradually improves but may not have achieved the final outcome for several weeks.

 

How long does it take to get your vision back after PRK?

You can still see even immediately after PRK - vision is functional but is not likely to be as good as it will be later. After about a month vision can be excellent, but crispness and clarity can continue to improve over the first 3 to 6 months.

 

Is PRK surgery permanent?

Yes, PRK permanently alters the shape of your cornea and it’s refracting characteristics. However it’s not true to say your vision will always be stable because like all parts of our bodies they change as we age.

 

Even if you achieve spectacle independence after the operation, this is not likely to last your entire life. For older people, say more than 50, it’s normal to need reading glasses for fine details up close.

 

BUT PRK can even help here! Research “Monovision” or ask our staff.

Lens Surgery

 

What is a cataract?

An opacity, opacities or clouding of the native lens that leads to blurred vision, or a reduction in vision quality.

 

What causes cataracts?

While there are causes such as trauma, radiation, inflammatory eye diseases, and metabolic diseases, generally they are age related. Cataracts don’t resolve themselves, so once they have developed you are stuck with them until they are removed.

 

How fast does a cataract progress?

Rapidly progressive cataracts progress are uncommon. Most cataracts develop gradually and do not require surgery for many months or years.

 

Is it painful to remove cataracts?

The cataract has no pain fibres, so removing it is not usually painful.

 

The cornea does have pain fibres, but these are very successfully numbed by eye-drops prior to commencing the operation.

 

It’s not that uncommon to feel mild pressure as the lens is manipulated, but this is not often a problem for either surgeon or patient.

 

How long does cataract surgery last?

Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes about 10 minutes. After surgery, you will need to rest in the hospital until you have recovered from sedation. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

What will happen if cataract is left untreated?

Cataracts do not resolve by themselves. Your vision could be expected to get worse, usually gradually. As this occurs your distance (eg driving), near (eg reading) and intermediate distance (eg TV vision) are likely to be affected  — and so can overall quality of life. Many people become legally blind from untreated cataracts, and cataracts can even cause total blindness if left untreated for long periods. It's impossible to accurately predict how quickly a cataract will worsen.

 

How long do intraocular lenses last?

Longer than anyone can live - even a one year old!

 

When can I resume my regular activities?

  • Housework: any time after the first day
  • Gardening: any time after the first week
  • Exercise: any time after the first week
  • Driving: You should not plan to drive in the first week and then only if your vision is clear. If your driving licence says you must wear glasses to drive, this doesn’t change until you have been to the Roads and Maritime Service to check with them (ie do their vision test) and they have endorsed this on your licence.

 

Do Cataracts come back?

No

 

Do I have stitches in my eye?

It’s possible, but not usual. The chance of winding up with sutures in your eye is less than one percent.

Are surgeries covered by my health fund?

Cataract surgery is mostly covered by health funds whereas Laser surgery is less likely to be covered by health funds. You can check with your health fund by giving them a call.

 

Are these surgeries for you?

Both cataract and laser corrective surgeries have stood the test of time and in most cases gives great results. You should schedule an appointment to discuss what is involved so that specific advice on your condition can be given. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have and what is involved.

 

What to expect

Depending on your circumstance you will either require

 

  • an initial consultation with our Doctor or
  • baseline testing to determine suitability for surgery

 

If you wear contact lenses you will be required to leave them out for 1-2 weeks prior to testing and surgery.

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