Scope of Services - Eye
A cataract is a progressive cloudiness that develops inside the lens of the eye. As it develops eyesight becomes more and more blurry, colours lose their brightness and driving at night can become problematic.
The treatment is a simple, quick procedure where the cloudy lens is replaced with a new artificial lens (IOL) to allow clear eyesight. There are many IOL’s to choose from and your specialist can recommend the type of lens best suited to you and your post-surgery visual needs.
Cataract surgery is performed as a day case procedure. It is very quick, usually taking 30 minutes. Though you will be at Oasis Surgical for approximately 2 hours to allow time for preparation and recovery.
The surgery is normally done under local anaesthetic although it is also possible to do cataract surgery with just anaesthetic eye drops (topical anaesthesia). Your doctor will discuss which option is suitable for you.
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This is also called vitreoretinal (VR) surgery and there are various procedures used to treat different retinal problems. The most common VR surgery performed is for retinal detachment. This usually involves a vitrectomy (removal of the vitreous gel in the back of the eye) followed by the use of a laser to seal the hole in the retina. Often a gas bubble is placed inside the eye to help stabilise the retina while it is healing. Occasionally, a scleral buckle is used either instead of, or as well as, a vitrectomy.
Another type of vitreoretinal surgery is for a macular hole. Again this involves a vitrectomy, which enables the surgeon to access and remove the membranes holding the macular hole open. Once the traction is released the hole can be closed.
Vitreoretinal surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation. Rarely do patients require or request a general anaesthetic. You can expect to be at Oasis Surgical for approximately 2-3 hours, though this does differ with the type of procedure you require.
Squint surgery is performed mainly for children, to realign the position of the eyes.
In children, correction of any focussing error with glasses is the first line of treatment plus patching if required. More about amblyopia. The aim of the surgery is to realign the eyes to achieve binocularity, so that the eyes work together rather than separately.
In children, surgery is usually performed between the ages of six months and six years, and in adults it may be performed at any convenient time once the squint has stabilised. Squint surgery is usually performed as a day stay procedure under general anaesthesia, but it can be done with local anaesthesia in adults. You can expect to be at Oasis Surgical for approximately 2-3 hours, though it can take longer depending on the recovery time from the anaesthetic.
Eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery
Blepharoplasty is performed to enhance the appearance of the eyes, either by removing excess skin and/or fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty makes the skin of the upper eyelids less hooded or droopy and lower blepharoplastymakes the lower eyelids less baggy or puffy. Essentially, the procedure rejuvenates the eye area.
Bilateral (both eyes) upper or lower blepharoplasty generally takes only 60 to 90 minutes and the majority of cases are performed under local anaesthetic as a day stay procedure. Some patients choose intravenous sedation (or very occasionally a general anaesthetic). Even though your time in surgery is fairly quick, you will be at Oasis Surgical for approximately 2-3 hours, allowing preparation and recovery time.
Corneal surgery covers a wide range of procedures (usually performed for a condition called keratoconus) including collagen cross linking, corneal implants (Intacs/Kerarings) and corneal transplant/graft.
Collagen cross linking and implants are done under topical anaesthesia and you will be at Oasis Surgical approximately 2 hours in total. Corneal transplant/graft is done under general anaesthesia so you will be at Oasis Surgical for a little longer, approximately 3 hours.
This covers a wide range of procedures to reduce or eliminate focusing errors of the eye. Usually people use glasses and contact lenses to correct for these errors, though more and more people are turning to refractive surgery as their preferred form of treatment. Procedures include laser eye surgery, implantable contact lenses (ICL) for severe focusing errors and now, the all new Kamra procedure which helps to restore reading vision without glasses.
Additionally, Ivision LASIK, brought to you by Auckland Eye, is also provided at the dedicated laser suite at Oasis Surgical.