There are two ways to perform laser cataract surgery.
In the first, we can perform lifestyle cataract surgery and then apply a laser eye surgery enhancement to your eyes so that we can correct any remaining astigmatism or short or long-sightedness. This service is available now in Brisbane in association with our sister clinic, OKKO.
The second way to perform laser cataract surgery is to perform the incision aspect of the procedure with a laser. Unlike standard cataract surgery which involves the use of a blade to access and break-down your cataracts, laser cataract surgery uses a laser. Much of the content on this page refers to the second type of laser cataract surgery just described. This service requires a special laser that will be available in Brisbane Autumn 2021.
In either case, the only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove the natural lens and implant an artificial lens in its place.
We use local anaesthesia (in the form of eye drops) and light (twilight) sedation. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the cornea, the clear membrane on the surface of the eye. Then, he’ll insert a fine instrument through the incision which uses ultrasound vibrations to break up the lens into a fine pulp. Then, we carefully remove this pulp under microscopic guidance.
Once the cataract has been completely removed, your surgeon will implant the artificial lens (intraocular lens or IOL) using a special lens injector. In the majority of cases, the IOL will sit within the natural ‘bag’ that held the original crystalline lens, and sutures are not usually required.
The surgery takes less than an hour, and generally, the total time at the hospital is approximately three hours. Once the surgery is complete, a clear shield will be placed over the eye, which stays on for four hours post-surgery. At this stage, post-operative drops (which consist of an antibiotic drop and two anti-inflammatory drops) will be commenced.
Usually, the dominant eye is operated on first. Then, a minimum of five days later, the second eye can be operated on.
The implanted lens can be designed to give a range of vision, from distance to close. The lens power will be calculated using scans performed at your initial consult for surgery. At this consult, clinical staff will discuss the available options and work with you to decide what vision range will work best.