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Preparing for your eye surgery

- What to expect
Our aim is to provide stress free, efficient, high quality eye surgery on a day only basis. Read about the procedures and what to expect on the day read more


Glossary of Terms

Listed below are some definitions commonly used in eye health for your convenience. More information is available under eye conditions, procedures and day eye surgery. If you require any further information, please contact us direct on +61 2 9622 7667 or email info@metwesteyecentre.com.au. Thank you.

A-scan
The measurement of the length of the eye
Acute
Rapid onset, with a short duration
AMD
Age-related macular degeneration a condition affecting the central vision
Astigmatism
Shape of cornea like a football not a soccer ball
Avastin
Off-label drug used in the treatment of some retinal conditions
B-Scan
An ultrasound used to look at the structures of the eye
Blepharitis
Inflammation of the eyelids
Cataract
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye.
Chalazion
A cyst in the eyelid that causes the eyelid to swell
Chronic
Lasting for a long period of time
Diabetic Retinopathy
Changes to the blood vessels on the retina associated with diabetes
Dry AMD
Central geographic atrophy where the cells of the retina die and leave patches of no retina
DVA
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Ectropion
An eyelid that sits turned outwards
Entropion
An eyelid that sits turned inwards
Field Test
A test that monitors the quality of your side vision.
Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a progressive condition, usually caused by raised pressure in the eye.
Keratometry
The measurement of the curvature at the front of the eye (the cornea)
Lucentis
Drug used in the treatment of wet AMD
Macula
The part of your retina that is responsible for your detailed, coloured central vision.
Myopia
Reduced distance vision
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
A scan used to analyse the retina or optic disc
Ophthalmologist
A medical doctor specialising in the treatment of the diseases of the eye
Optometrist
An eye professional who prescribes glasses
Orthoptist
A member of the eye care team who assists in investigating and managing disorders of the eye
Pachymetry
The measurement of the thickness of the cornea
Pingueculum
A yellowish patch or bump on the white of the eye
Pterygium
A benign growth on the front of the eye (the conjunctiva), that can distort the vision
Ptosis
A droopy eyelid
Referral
A letter from your local doctor or optometrist to an Ophthalmologist, recommending you see them
Sclera
The white of your eye
Slit Lamp
The microscope the Ophthalmologist uses to examine your eye
SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty)
A laser used to treat glaucoma
Strabismus
Turn in the eye (squint)
Toric Lens
Artificial lens to correct astigmatism
Triamcinilone
A steroid used in the treatment of some retinal conditions
Wet AMD
Neovascular or exudative, wet form of AMD where blood vessels in the retina leak fluid which distorts the retina

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