What are the advantages and disadvantages of refractive cataract surgery?

Dr. Matthew Russell shares the advantages and disadvantages of refractive cataract surgery 

The big benefit of refractive cataract surgery is that it’s a wonderful opportunity to restore the normal optics of the eye.

It restores the clarity that has begun to be affected by a cataract forming within the eye. The big benefit of lifestyle cataract surgery is that once it’s performed, the vision tends to remain very stable, so when you get a good result from cataract surgery, and you get your distance vision back, and you get the near vision back, you tend to keep that. It tends to remain fairly stable for the long term.



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


The main disadvantage of cataract surgery is that it’s not as precise as laser surgery. It would be a mistake to go ahead with laser surgery if you had a cataract because it’s likely that the cataract would interfere with the visual results you could achieve after laser refractive surgery. It may be necessary in some cases after cataract surgery in about 10 to 15% of people to do some laser surgery as a second step to fine-tune the focus to achieve excellent vision without spectacles.

An excellent place to start when you’re thinking about laser vision correction is to go to our website and take the suitability test online. In that way, you can, in a detailed manner, find out whether you’re likely to be a good candidate for laser treatment and then take the next step to call us and make an appointment for a free assessment.

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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