Cataract surgery now at West Gippsland Hospital

West Gippsland Hospital is now offering public cataract surgery, with no out of pocket expenses, for our local community.

Colin Touhill received an early Christmas present of improved sight as he was one of the first patients to benefit from the service which commenced on Monday.

Colin is now recovering at home after his successful surgery which took around 10 minutes and was performed by Ophthalmologist Dr Suheb Ahmed.

Cataract surgery is the most common elective surgical procedure – surgeons remove the lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens. The artificial lenses should last a lifetime, meaning 50 years or more.

Director of Clinical Operations at West Gippsland Healthcare Group Trish O’Kelly said the organisation was thrilled to now be able to offer this surgery for our West Gippsland community.

“There have been a number of advancements over the past 20 years in cataract surgery,” she said.

“If you’re diagnosed with cataracts today, you have the advantage of more precise procedures, shorter recovery time, and better outcomes.

“This procedure really does make such a difference to a patient’s life so it is rewarding to now be able to provide this surgery for our local community.”

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