Cataracts Xplained


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Cataracts Xplained

Did you know 90% of people over 65 have a cataract?*

Watch Elaine’s story to learn about how cataracts are diagnosed and treated.

Meet Elaine

Hi, I'm Elaine and I'm 67 years old. A few years ago I noticed simple daily activities such as reading and driving were becoming difficult due to a decline in my eyesight. I went to see my eye care professional who ran some simple tests and suggested I book in for cataract surgery. At first I was a little apprehensive about having eye surgery, but after going through it and seeing how uncomplicated and painless it is, I'm so glad I did it. I'm now able to get back to doing the things I love!

My eye care professional told me it is very common for people over the age of 65 to have cataracts. So if you or a loved one might be experiencing eyesight problems, please go and see an eye care professional. If you would like to learn more about my story and what's involved with cataract surgery, please watch this video.

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Meet the Xperts

View the team of xperts who have been involved in the development of Cataracts Xplained.

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Dr Con Moshegov


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Produced in Partnership with Optometry Australia

Optometry Australia is the peak professional body for optometrists. Representing eight out of every 10 Australian-based optometrists, Optometry Australia’s focus is to lead and advance the profession of optometry by putting eye health front and centre of Australian health care.

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Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

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