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How are cataracts treated?

The only treatment available for cataracts is surgical, which means an eye operation.

At the Garden Route Eye Clinic, we utilise the most modern technology available to perform cataract surgery.

The cataract is removed from the eye through a very small opening with an instrument utilising ultrasound energy. A new clear lens is inserted in the exact place of the old lens and unfolds inside the eye. This is performed under topical anaesthesia – it is totally painless.

There is an anaesthetist present who usually performs conscious sedation, which means that you do not need a deep general anaesthetic. However, the surgery can also be performed under general anaesthesia.

All surgery is performed on an outpatient basis – the patient can return home on the same day.

Can I ever get cataracts again after surgery?

No, cataracts can fortunately never reoccur, and the intra-ocular lens implant lasts a lifetime.

However, the lens usually needs to be “cleaned” once after surgery, usually after a year. This is done with a specially designed LASER, at the consultation rooms. It takes a few minutes and is completely painless. Usually this procedure needs to be performed only once after cataract surgery.

Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?

With modern cataract surgery we aim to make patients less dependable on their spectacles.

Advanced technology intra-ocular lenses are now available which reduce astigmatism, correct for near- or farsightedness and even multifocal lenses which aim to make glasses unnecessary.

However, each patient and each eye is different – ask a specialist if you are suitable for these lenses.


More than half a century's worth of combined practice, professionalism, and utmost dedication to their fields of expertise assure patients that they're in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists.



The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.



Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.


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