A cataract is a milky, opaque eye lens. Usually, a cataract worsens over time which makes it challenging to perform daily activities. Even though eyeglasses and adequate lighting provide temporary relief from cataracts, when the condition progresses, cataract surgery becomes necessary.


Ageing is the primary cause of a cataract. There are other causes such as trauma and diabetes.

The eye lens rests behind the iris and redirects light to produce sharp pictures on the retina, a membrane which acts like the film of a camera. As we age, the lens becomes less flexible, becomes cloudy, and thickens. The hazy lens is called a cataract. Once the cataract progresses, the clouding increases and light cannot reach the retina.


Common cataract symptoms include

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Faded colours
  • Difficulty with night vision

Ophthalmologists, Dr Miller conduct an eye examination with a slit lamp to view the lens, through a dilated pupil.
Once a cataract has become significant, surgery is the only way to restore vision. Cataract surgery is an effective, low-risk day procedure. Ophthalmologists suggest cataract surgery when one's vision has noticeably deteriorated, and quality of life is affected. For cataract surgery, Ophthalmologists Dr Miller removes and replaces the cloudy lens with a clear, artificial one. This lens power is calculated in consultation with the patient to allow for the best visual outcome.


Are cataracts painful?
Cataracts make the eyes more light-sensitive, but they are typically painless.
Is cataract removal painful?
Dr Miller will ensure that you have pain-free cataract surgery. You may experience minimal discomfort.
Can cataracts cause blindness?
Only if cataracts are left untreated can they eventually lead to blindness.
How long does it take to recover after cataract removal?
You should recover fully within six weeks of completing the procedure.