A senior Asian woman, wearing glasses, looks at her phone.

Is laser cataract surgery better?

Cataract surgery is a highly effective treatment to restore diminished vision. Today (at OKKO), you have three options:

Which should you choose? And, is laser cataract surgery better than the other types of cataract surgery? First, let’s look into the three different types…

1.Standard cataract surgery

With standard cataract surgery, your surgeon creates a small incision in your cornea by hand with a scalpel. They insert a small instrument through this opening. It goes behind your pupil where the eye’s lens sits in a capsule. Your surgeon then creates a round opening in the capsule. Then your surgeon inserts a pen-shaped probe through that opening. The probe applies sound waves (ultrasound) to break up the cloudy lens. Then the surgeon suctions out the broken-up pieces and positions an artificial monofocal lens (a type of Intraocular lens – IOL) in its place. As the name implies, a monofocal lens has one focal point, which is usually set for your distance vision but blurred for near vision.

2.Lifestyle cataract surgery

Lifestyle cataract surgery uses the same techniques as above, except in this surgery, we replace the cataract with a lens that has a range of focus. We call this Extended Depth of Focus intraocular (EDOF) lens technology. This type of lens can correct the vision to see clearly from 50 centimetres to far distance – in well lit conditions.

3.Laser cataract surgery

Laser cataract surgery uses a different technique altogether. Here, we place a camera/ultrasound device over your eye to map its surface and gather information about your lens. The device sends the information to a computer that programs the laser. The laser uses this information to pinpoint the exact location, size, and depth of incisions. The laser then makes the corneal incision to access the cataract. After this, the surgeon uses the energy from the laser to soften the cataract. They then apply an ultrasound probe to break the lens into pieces and suction them out.

Laser cataract surgery is also great if you choose an advanced premium lens to reduce your dependence on glasses for all tasks. Laser cataract removal allows surgeons to see and map the lens capsule better. It also helps them to place the opening in the capsule more precisely. This allows for better centration of the new advanced lens. The lens is specific to laser cataract surgery. It’s also possible to use the laser used with laser vision correction to fine-tune your vision.

Is laser cataract surgery better?

Using a laser allows the surgeon to make precise incisions in less time. It can improve accuracy and consistency that is otherwise in the hands of (mostly highly-trained) human beings. In some cases, the laser can provide further correction than what we can achieve with the standard cataract surgery technique alone. It also reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to soften the lens prior to removal.

Laser cataract surgery may also be a great option if you have astigmatism. The laser can create specific incisions in the cornea to reshape it, correcting your astigmatism.

However, studies do not show that laser surgery results in fewer complications or provides better results. Your outcome depends in large part on the skill and experience of your surgeon. 1American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2021. Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. [online] Available at: <https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/traditional-vs-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery> [Accessed 6 August 2021].

You and your surgeon can decide the best option for you based on your needs. Find out more about laser cataract surgery today.

Share This Post!

Take our quick cataract surgery suitability quiz

When it comes to cataract surgery, there is a world of choice available that most people sadly miss. Avoid disappointment and discover which option is best suited to your needs and lifestyle in just a few minutes:

Find our Auchenflower location

Find our Upper Mt Gravatt location

We’ve helped thousands of Queenlanders rejuvenate their eyes

"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."

Headshot of a beautiful middle-aged woman patient from OKKO Eye Specialist Center who has undergone cataract eye surgery.Suzanne Cooper

"The staff are all friendly and helpful."

Headshot of a senior female patient from OKKO Eye Specialist Center who has undergone cataract eye surgery.Alana Jenkins

"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."

Headshot of a businessman patient from OKKO Eye Specialist Center who has undergone cataract eye surgery.Xerxes Meher

"Dr Russell is my hubby’s specialist for years. We love him. Such a kind person and always spends time to explain everything."

Headshot of a senior couple, patients of OKKO Eye Specialist Center, who have undergone cataract eye surgery.Zita Farczadi Kershaw

"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."

Headshot of a senior male patient from OKKO Eye Specialist Center who has undergone cataract eye surgery.Henry Ellison

"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!"

Headshot of a senior couple, patients of OKKO Eye Specialist Center, who have undergone cataract eye surgery.Troy and Liana Todd

We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.

Take the first step to get more clarity from your vision and confidence in your life

Book a consultation, and one of our Brisbane eye experts will guide you towards the very best treatment for your eyes so you can get the results you’re looking for

About Brisbane’s Eye Specialist

A specialist ophthalmic micro surgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist and cataract surgeon

Dr Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve results that help patients regain their confidence and youthful energy.

When it comes to restoring the eye’s function, there is a world of choice available that most people miss. It is my responsibility as a specialist ophthalmic surgeon, to help you avoid the agonising anxiety and regret that comes with not knowing all your options.

I believe your lifestyle should dictate your vision, not the other way around. It’s my personal goal to align your vision with your lifestyle so that you can conquer life’s challenges and remain the version of yourself you most want to be.

Let me help you get your life back.