What you need to know about getting Refractive Cataract Surgery in Brisbane
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WHAT OUR PATIENTS EXPERIENCE
See what you’ve been missing with cataract surgery that also helps you ditch your glasses
Do you remember a life without obstructed vision?
In just under an hour, you could have the clear vision you’re supposed to have.
Refractive cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in Australia, and it transforms lives.
Your vision will be improved immediately, without the help of glasses or contact lenses.
HOW VISION CORRECTION WORKS
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Visit our clinic in Fortitude Valley for a free assessment that will give you a complete understanding of your vision correction options.
After a procedure that’s over before you know it, you’ll have the life-changing freedom that vision correction brings.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY…
We’ve helped thousands of Queenslanders enjoy great vision without glasses and contact lenses
“Very friendly and professional staff. Dr Russell is extremely informative and has a really positive presence. The doctor and all of the staff ensured all my questions were answered fully. I left the surgery feeling as if I’d been really well cared for.”
“The staff are all friendly and helpful.”
“Dr. Russell and the entire team should be commended for their genuine care and personal attention. They made every possible effort to explain and clarify the treatment required and made sure I was comfortable through the consultation treatment.”
“I was very impressed with the way they run things. It is a well-oiled machine. Everyone knew exactly what they were doing and were very friendly. To top it off, my treatment was excellent.”
“Dr. Russell is my hubby’s specialist for years. We love him. Such a kind person and always spends time to explain everything.”
“Highly recommended. They are always helpful and friendly and the outcomes have been beyond my expectations.”
“Many thanks for your care and skill and a big thanks to all your staff for their friendly care and professionalism shown each time I have visited.”
“My wife came to see Dr Russell today and we wanted to say thank you to all the staff for the kind and professional service. We are also extremely grateful for Dr Russell’s generosity when it came to us paying for the consultation. We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much!”
REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGERY EXPLAINED
Everything you need to know about refractive cataract surgery
To be sure that you are suitable for refractive cataract surgery, we will need to examine your eyes in your initial consultation.
The only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove it and implant an artificial lens in its place.
We use local anesthesia (in the form of eyedrops) and light (twilight) sedation. A tiny incision is made in the cornea, the clear membrane on the surface of the eye. A fine instrument inserted through the incision uses ultrasound vibrations to break up the lens into a fine pulp. This pulp is then carefully removed 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 two weeks 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.
- Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in Australia; the procedure typically takes less than an hour and does not require an overnight stay.
- Vision is usually improved the day after cataract surgery. Maximum improvement is usually achieved with toric or multifocal lenses. We can even top-up the procedure with a laser to give you spectacularly accurate results.
- Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries. Generally your recovery will be short and uneventful, and you will be kept informed at every stage.
- The lens implants are permanent and ordinarily do not need to be replaced – they are good for the life of the patient.
- Medicare and health insurance usually cover basic cataract surgery. Refractive cataract surgery will incur additional fees to cover premium lenses and possible laser enhancements.
- While most patients experience improved vision as soon as one day after surgery, at times you may still need to wear reading or prescription glasses. Refractive cataract surgery tends to reduce this likelihood, because it treats your prescription in addition to your cataract – at the same time. The clinical team will discuss this with you prior to the procedure.
- After surgery it is normal to feel mild discomfort, irritation or a stingy sensation. If you experience these symptoms you can take paracetamol (such as Panadol, Panamax, Dymadon or Panadeine). Mild mucous, a small amount of bloody discharge and watering of the eye is also considered normal.
- Driving is not permitted for 24 hours following surgery, due to the sedation used.
- It is also quite normal to be sensitive to light after surgery. You will be given a pair of dark glasses to aid with this if necessary. It is important after cataract surgery to not rub the eye. For two weeks following surgery, it is also advised to avoid:
- Engaging in strenuous activity/exercise, gardening or heavy lifting (greater than 10kg)
- Wearing makeup directly on the eyelids
- Allowing water/shampoo to come into direct contact with the eye
There is a 98 – 99% likelihood of undergoing cataract surgery without complications that may permanently affect your best possible vision.
You may experience mild grittiness and dry eye symptoms following surgery, and this can last for a few weeks and in some cases several months. Some people may experience fleeting sharp pain related to dryness of the eye. These symptoms are usually manageable with lubricating eyedrops. If you are noted to have dry eye at your preoperative assessment, your surgeon may recommend you commence use of artificial tears prior to surgery.
The only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove it and implant an artificial lens in its place.
In certain people, the growth of a cataract can make them prone to primary angle-closure glaucoma. This is where the drainage channel in the front of the eye (trabecular meshwork) is gradually narrowed by the increasing size of the crystalline lens.
Eventually, the drainage channel can become completely blocked, resulting in a rapid increase in the pressure within the eyeball and a painful red eye. Long-sighted patients are more likely to be at risk of angle-closure glaucoma. Your eye specialist will be able to assess if you are at risk of primary angle-closure glaucoma and whether you would benefit from cataract extraction or other treatments to prevent this serious condition.
An alternative to refractive cataract surgery is basic cataract surgery – which is an ideal treatment for someone who has no astigmatism or other refractive error (only ±30% of the population). Furthermore, refractive cataract surgery can help you reduce your dependency on reading glasses. Basic cataract surgery will not.
- A small (2-2.5mm) self-sealing incision is made on the side of the cornea, the clear membrane on the surface of the eye.
- A fine ultrasound (phaco) handpiece is then inserted. Vibrations from the tip of the phaco probe will fragment and emulsify the cataract into a pulp.
- These fragments of cataract are then carefully removed under microscopic guidance.
- Following this, a plastic intraocular lens (IOL) implant that has been specifically preselected for your eye is inserted to replace the crystalline lens. The implant is rolled up in a special lens injector and gently guided into place by your surgeon. In the majority of cases, the IOL will sit within the natural bag that originally held the crystalline lens (the capsule), and sutures are not usually required to position the IOL.
After surgery, you’ll have a greatly reduced need for glasses or contact lenses. You may find you no longer need them at all.
WHO CAN VISION CORRECTION HELP?
Find the vision correction option right for your age. We offer unique solutions for each stage of life
Tired of missing out because you need glasses and contact lenses to see clearly?
Do your glasses prevent you from looking your very best?
We know how it feels to have glasses and contact lenses get in the way of what you most want out of life. That’s why we offer a free assessment to help you make an informed choice about vision correction.
After you’ve had our assessment, you’ll enjoy the clarity and confidence you need to know – without a doubt – if vision correction is right for you.
Do your glasses make you look years older than you actually feel?
Life needn’t go downhill the second you hit some magic number. Why spend half a lifetime in reading glasses when a 20-minute treatment can get you out of them for good?
These days, people in their 40s and 50s are living as actively as their kids. That’s why we offer specific treatments for people whose eyes are changing as they age.
Book an assessment, and we’ll guide you towards the right treatment for you.
Seeking to ditch your lifetime of glasses and contact lenses for good?
Armed with varifocals, bifocals, reading specs, contact lenses and everything else – it can sometimes feel like you’re carrying around a pharmacy in your pockets or purse.
We appreciate how you’ve probably got better things to do than have to worry about your declining vision. Visit us for a free assessment, and you too can join the hundreds of thousands that experience spectacle-free vision from morning till night regardless of age.
DISCOVER IF YOU CAN BE FREE FROM GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES
The best way to find out if eye treatment is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LENS SURGERY…
Educate yourself further about lens surgery by reading the links below
An informative guide on what lens replacement is, and what procedures are most commonly used. Click here for more information.
An article that explains why lens replacement surgery may become the most successful refractive procedure. Click here for more information.
A published, scientific article that provides an overview of ICL, its safety and effectiveness. Click here for more information.
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Dr. Matthew Russell
Cataract & laser eye surgery specialist
My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages in Brisbane. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I’ve hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.