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6 --- A Times Newspapers Supplement September 2012 www.times.co.nz The best of times... Enjoying your retirement 119246 117574 CARING FOR ALL YOUR HEALTHCARE NEEDS Physiotherapy, Pharmacy & Lab Onsite OPENING HOURS: Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm Fri 8am-6pm Sat 8.30am-12.30pm 17 William Roberts Rd, Pakuranga Ph 09 950 7351 www.pakurangamedical.co.nz Personalised eye care More information? Contact Eye Doctors now! www.eyedoctors.co.nz 110 Michael Jones Drive | Botany Junction | Phone 277 6787 What is a cataract? Like a camera, every eye has a lens. When the lens inside your eye clouds over it reduces the amount of light reaching the retina at the back of the eye. This makes it difficult for you to see clearly and is called a cataract. Why do cataracts develop? Cataracts develop as a normal part of the aging process. Sometimes cataracts may develop at a younger age due to other diseases like diabetes, following an eye injury, or due to specific medications like steroids. What are the main symptoms of a cataract? The earliest symptoms can begin with glare and sensitivity to bright light or haloes around lights. Vision then typically becomes progressively more blurred, foggy, and sometimes doubled. Colours often become duller and darker. What does cataract surgery involve? Modern cataract surgery restores the eyesight lost due to cataract by removing the cloudy lens in the eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. Eye Doctors use the latest small incision techniques and most up to date equipment available to give the fastest recovery and best possible vision. How long does cataract surgery take? The procedure itself generally takes from ten to twenty minutes. You go home the same day, after spending two to three hours in hospital. How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery? A patch is worn overnight following surgery and you are advised not to drive until given clearance by your surgeon, which is often the next day. You can resume most normal activities straight away. Is cataract surgery safe? Removal of a cataract is the most common eye operation and one of the most common surgical procedures performed in NZ. It has a very high success rate due to the modern methods used by Eye Doctors. It is important to contact Eye Doctors if you have any concerns about the eye following surgery. What lenses are used? A variety of intraocular lenses are available for people having cataract surgery. Just as there are different types of glasses, there are different types of lenses that can be inserted into the eye. The most common lenses used are single focus lenses, which give clear distance vision but usually require glasses for close vision, like when reading. Other options include toric lenses, which correct astigmatism and multi-focal or accommodating lenses for those who wish to have sharp vision for distance as well as near sight without glasses. Patient testimonial -- "The change in my sight was almost instant. I could not believe the difference it made to the clarity of sight, and 100% improvement in colours. Eye Doctors surgeons come highly recommended by me." 117729 Eye Doctors internationally trained surgeons perform hundreds of cataract procedures every year. Consultations are held locally at their rooms in Botany Junction with surgery at Ormiston Hospital. RETINA NORMAL EYE The lens focuses light on the retina When a cataract forms less light gets through to the retina, and this light is scattered. LIGHT RAYS OPTIC NERVE CLEAR LENS RETINA CATARACT EYE LIGHT RAYS OPTIC NERVE CLOUDY LENS Dr Andrew Riley Cataract Surgeon Dr Penny McAllum Cataract Surgeon Have vision to protect eyesight Making the most of what we call 'the golden years' means maintaining good health so regular checks on wellbeing goes without saying if we want to retain our glow. And keeping an eye on our vision is a given. The good news is that protecting eyesight is as easy as having a regular eye test with an optometrist or an eye specialist if recommended by your GP. This is especially important if there is a family history of poor eyesight or eye disease. In general, it is recommended that eye testing be carried out every two years to help prevent and quickly rectify problems. However, there are certain times in life when more frequent testing may be required. Such times include during a child's growing years when the eye is growing; in middle life when the focusing system for close-up vision begins to weaken; and, very importantly, in later years when eye health problems begin to occur eg cataracts, glaucoma and central vision changes to the back of the eye.Retirees who have hobbies that might include working with a welder, power tools or chemicals can help protect their eyes by wearing safety glasses. Eye checks help preserve eyesight but injuries can still occur. Remember, the eye is extremely sensitive and it is easy to aggravate an injury. Never try to remove embedded objects. Rather, cover the eye without pressure on the eyeball and seek medical help. If the eye has come into contact with a chemical irritant, flush with WATER [eye lotions may react with the chemical] then seek medical aid. Also, those who spend many hours out of doors in bright sunlight should always wear quality sunglasses. For many retirees, owning a car provides them with independence and enjoyment but keep in mind that driving is impossible if eyesight fails. Because holding on to a driver's licence is dependent on good vision, the two-year eye test is important for all motorists. With regular testing and sensible care, your eyes will serve you well at a time in life when you want to make the most of leisure time for travel, reading, crafts, gardening and more. If words on the page are beginning to blur, or you find yourself squinting at signage or the computer screen -- book an eye check today.
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