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What does Cataract Surgery involve?

Measurement Before Surgery: patients will require cataract measurements before surgery. This is done on state of the art machines (IOL Master and Pentacam) and allows Dr Ferdinands to accurately measure a patient's vision, eye length and astigmatism. This allows Dr Ferdinands to select a lens that is best for each patient.

This is a very individualized process and means that outcomes are always tailored to the patient. This best practice results in a customized surgical plan for each patient.

Preparation for Surgery: dates will be confirmed by your private hospital prior to surgery. You will get instructions regarding your medications on the day of surgery and post-op instructions after the operation.

Anaesthesia: Most cases are performed under topical anaesthesia (eye drops) and sedation. This results in quicker recovery and minimal discomfort and swelling. For some patients, cataract surgery can be performed under local anaesthsia (eye block).

Cataract Surgery on the second eye: is usually performed within 3-4 weeks from the first eye. This ensures all patients will have clear, balanced vision in both eyes.


Surgery is a day case and most patients are able to drive within a few days after surgery. You will be on eye drops for at least 3 weeks after surgery but will be advised to avoid swimming for at least two weeks.

Dr Merv Ferdinands, Cataract and Refractive surgeon, Ophthalmologist, in theatre, operating
Is Cataract Surgery covered by Private Health Insurance?

All private health funds cover cataract surgery if it is not specifically excluded from your policy. The majority of costs of Cataract Surgery (including hospital admission, theatre and Intra-Ocular Lens) are covered by private health insurers. There is usually a small gap payment for cataract surgery, depending on your level of cover and your fund. It is often best to check with your health fund.

What if I don't have Private Health Insurance?

You are still able to have self-funded cataract surgery with Dr Ferdinands at the Epworth Hospital, Geelong.

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