Transform cloudy to clear vision with laser cataract surgery in Brisbane

Discover how combining lifestyle cataract surgery with a laser enhancement restores your vision AND can give you great vision for reading and driving at night

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Enjoy great reading vision without glasses

Laser cataract surgery fixes your cataracts and dramatically reduces your need for distance and reading glasses – even in dimly lit conditions

Restore your most precious sense

After laser cataract surgery, we will have removed your cataracts, and significantly reduced, if not eliminated, your dependency on glasses – particularly for reading and night driving. 

Revitalise your energy

Achieve the very best that cataract surgery can offer. Many of our patients find that being freer of their glasses not only revitalises their energy but gives them a level of confidence they never knew they’d lost. You won’t have to rummage around for your glasses just to read a menu or use your phone.

Reclaim your freedom

One of the best things about laser cataract surgery is how it can improve even the simplest things in an average day. You will no longer need to worry about how poor vision might interfere with your plans, and our patients report with an easing sense of freedom and convenience.

Revolutionise your life

After laser cataract surgery, you’ll be amazed at how much brighter and more vibrant the world appears. Our patients are thrilled knowing that they’ll never have to miss out on life’s little pleasures, whether it be the smile of a grandchild, the colours of the sunset or simply getting stuck into a good book.

Restore your most precious sense

After laser cataract surgery, we will have removed your cataracts, and significantly reduced, if not eliminated, your dependency on glasses – particularly for reading and night driving. 

Revitalise your energy

Achieve the very best that cataract surgery can offer. Many of our patients find that being freer of their glasses not only revitalises their energy but gives them a level of confidence they never knew they’d lost. You won’t have to rummage around for your glasses just to read a menu or use your phone.

Reclaim your freedom

One of the best things about laser cataract surgery is how it can improve even the simplest things in an average day. You will no longer need to worry about how poor vision might interfere with your plans, and our patients report with an easing sense of freedom and convenience.

Revolutionise your life

After laser cataract surgery, you’ll be amazed at how much brighter and more vibrant the world appears. Our patients are thrilled knowing that they’ll never have to miss out on life’s little pleasures, whether it be the smile of a grandchild, the colours of the sunset or simply getting stuck into a good book.

The OKKO Story

The OKKO Eye Specialist Centre team is highly experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a comprehensive range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular diseases

Take the first step to address your cataracts

Book a consultation, and one of our Brisbane eye experts will guide you towards the right treatment for your eyes and lifestyle so you can get more confidence and clarity from your vision

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Different types of cataract surgery for different needs

Together, we’ll assess your candidacy and recommend the best solution to suit your needs and lifestyle
  Standard Cataract Surgery Lifestyle Cataract Surgery Laser Cataract Surgery
Removal of Cataract
Method of Removal
  • Manual Incision
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Manual Incision
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Laser-assisted cataract removal
  • Phacoemulsification
Reduced dependence on glasses for distance and mid-range vision
Reduced dependence on glasses for all activities
Who is this suitable for? No concerns with wearing glasses after surgery Would prefer to use glasses only for certain tasks Would like to reduce dependence on glasses for all tasks
Precise Enhancement Procedures Not required (vision after surgery can be corrected with glasses) Occasionally required if there is greater-than-expected dependence on glasses* Can be performed and is included in original surgery costs
 
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*Enhancement procedures such as laser refractive surgery or piggyback IOL insertion are at cost and not covered by Medicare or health funds

Who can we help?

If you can see yourself below, we can help you at our Brisbane eye clinic

Treat your
cataracts

Glasses are ineffective once cloudy vision starts getting in the way. Activities that you once enjoyed, like reading and walking can become a tiring challenge.

Fortunately, with cataract surgery, we can easily remove those grey clouds from your vision so that you can resume life as usual with your favourite pair of specs.

Learn more about standard cataract surgery.

Treat cataracts AND reduce your dependence on glasses

Being forced down the route of cataract surgery isn’t great. Still, if you’ve ever fancied reducing your need for glasses, it could be a blessing in disguise. Lifestyle and laser cataract surgery can remove your cataracts and give you a visual enhancement tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.

Learn more about lifestyle cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery.

Halt the progression of your glaucoma

Having a sight-threatening condition like glaucoma can be scary. Early detection and treatment are often critical for preserving a good level of vision, but knowing the treatment options can be confusing.

We understand the severity of the situation and are here to guide you towards the right treatment for your unique eyes.

Learn more about glaucoma treatment.

Find help for another eye problem

Any issue with your eyes can be exhausting and stop you from engaging in activities you enjoy.

Fortunately, we’ve built an impressive reputation for the treatment of many complex eye conditions including keratoconus, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) and ocular surface disease.

Learn more about our full range of eye treatments.

Restore your vision and reduce your dependence on eyeglasses, readers and bifocals

Laser cataract surgery suitability criteria

To be sure that you are suitable for laser cataract surgery, we will need to examine your eyes at your initial consultation.

How laser cataract surgery works

There are two ways to perform laser cataract surgery.

In the first way, 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 (these conditions are collectively known as refractive errors). This service is available now in Brisbane in association with our sister clinic, VSON.

The second way to perform laser cataract surgery is to perform the incision aspect of the procedure with the assistance of a laser. Unlike standard cataract surgery which involves the use of a blade to make an incision, 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 laser cataract surgery, we place a camera/ultrasound device over your eye to map its surface. This device also gathers information about your lens. The device sends the results to a computer that programs the laser, telling it the exact location, size, and depth for incisions.

The surgeon uses the laser to make the corneal incisions and soften the cataract. An ultrasound probe emulsifies the cloudy lens into pieces and suctions them out. The surgeon then puts the new lens implant in the eye. The incision heals on its own without stitches.

The lenses

We can use a lens implant to give a range of vision, from distance to close. The lens power is calculated using scans taken at your initial consult for surgery that assess the abilities of your natural lens.

At this consultation, your ophthalmologist will discuss lens options with you as well the target focus for your eyes after surgery. This enables us to select the best implant and focus target to suit your needs. Some possibilities include:

FEMTIS lens implant – specifically suited to femtosecond cataract surgery and reduces your dependence on glasses, readers and bifocals for most distance and close-up tasks.

Multifocal lens implant combined with extended-depth-of-focus (EDOF) lenses – reduces your dependence on glasses, readers and bifocals for most day-to-day distance tasks.

EDOF lens implant enhanced with laser – reduces your dependence on glasses, readers and bifocals for most day-to-day near and distance tasks

Astigmatic/Toric lenses – Some patients have a high degree of astigmatism. Fortunately, we can correct this with a toric lens which will enable you to see well without glasses or contact lenses for distance and close-up tasks.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • 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
  • Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed on the human body. Generally, your recovery will be short and uneventful, and you will be kept informed at every stage
  • Vision is usually improved the day after surgery. Maximum improvement is usually achieved with bifocal, trifocal and toric lenses.
  • The lens implants are permanent and ordinarily do not need to be replaced – they are good for the life of the patient

Disadvantages

  • Mild discomfort: 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
  • Laser cataract surgery will incur additional fees to cover premium lenses and possible laser enhancements
  • Driving is not permitted for 24 hours following surgery, due to the sedation used
  • Light sensitivity: 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.
  • You must avoid:
    • Rubbing your eyes
    • Engaging in strenuous activity/exercise, gardening or heavy lifting (greater than 10kg
    • Wearing makeup directly on the eyelid
    • Swimming
    • Allowing water/shampoo to come into direct contact with the eye

Laser cataract surgery risks

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 eye drops. 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 risks of not having cataract surgery

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 another treatment to prevent this serious condition.

Options and alternatives

The only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove it and implant an artificial lens in its place. 

An alternative to laser cataract surgery is:

  • Lifestyle cataract surgery – Restore clarity of vision AND correct your glasses prescription to suit your active lifestyle
  • Standard cataract surgery – An ideal treatment for someone who has no astigmatism or other refractive error (only ±30% of the population).

Does a non-surgical treatment exist?

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 another treatment to prevent this serious condition.

Laser cataract surgery steps

Step one: We use local anaesthesia in the form of eye drops and light (twilight) sedation. We make a tiny incision in the cornea – the transparent membrane on the surface of the eye – using a laser. 

Step two: We insert a fine instrument through the incision, which uses ultrasound vibrations to emulsify the lens into a fine pulp. We then carefully remove this pulp under microscopic guidance.

Step three: Once we have removed the cataract, we implant the selected artificial lens (intraocular lens or IOL) using a special lens injector. In the majority of cases, the intraocular lenses or IOL will sit within the natural ‘bag’ that held the original lens, and the incision heals on its own.

Step four: Once the surgery is complete, we place a clear shield over the eye, which stays on for four hours post-surgery and reduces the risk of infection. We will ask you to commence the use of postoperative drops which consist of an antibiotic drop and two anti-inflammatory drops.

The surgery takes less than an hour, and generally, the total time at the hospital is approximately three hours. 

Laser cataract surgery results

After surgery, you’ll no longer need glasses for a range of distances – including reading, and in dimly lit conditions or driving at night.

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.”

Suzanne Cooper

“The staff are all friendly and helpful.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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!”

Troy and Liana Todd

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

How to get help at OKKO Eye Specialist Centre

Get the eye treatment you need in 3 easy steps

Step 1 – Reach out

Give us a call on: 3725 0222 and we’ll guide you towards an initial consultation.

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Step 2 – We’ll meet

During your initial consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and examination to make an accurate assessment of the issue at hand.

Step 3 – Your vitality restored

We will treat you at one of our state-of-the-art Brisbane eye clinic facilities, giving you the optimism and confidence to re-engage with life. 

Take our quick suitability quiz to discover which type of cataract surgery is right for you

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

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Insurers

We’ve got you covered, OKKO is pleased to work with all the insurers below:
  • Australian Unity

  • ACA

  • CBHS

  • CBHS Corporate

  • CDH

  • CUA Health

  • Doctors’ Health

  • Emergency Services

  • GMHBA

  • GU Health Corporate

  • HBF

  • HCI

  • Health Partners

  • Health.com.au

  • HIF

  • Latrobe

  • MDHF

  • MO Health

  • Navy Health

  • Nurses and Midwives

  • Onemedifund

  • Peoplecare

  • Phoenix

  • Police

  • QCH

  • Reserve Bank

  • RT Health Fund

  • St Lukes

  • Teachers Health

  • Teachers Health

  • Westfund

Insurers

We’ve got you covered! We are registered with all the major insurers in Australia.
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Links to authoritative resources on lifestyle cataract surgery

You use the lens of your eye every day, for everything from reading to driving to bird watching. With age, the proteins inside your lens can clump together turning the lens from clear to cloudy. Certain behaviors can put you at a higher risk for getting a cataract. Click here for more information.

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye. Cataracts are very common as you get older. In fact, more than half of all Americans age 80 or older either have cataracts or have had surgery to get rid of cataracts. Click here to read more.

If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy, like the bottom lens in the illustration. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract. Click here to read more.

Our Brisbane eye specialists

We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible eye health and vision outcomes

Dr Nick Toalster, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am an ophthalmologist with advanced training in cataract, corneal and glaucoma microsurgeries. As both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, I am particularly well placed to lead the emerging field of eye disease management.

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Dr. Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

I am a specialist ophthalmic micro surgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist and cataract surgeon. With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve the most precise results that help patients regain their confidence and youthful energy. 

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Dr Judy Ku, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am a specialist in glaucoma, cornea & external diseases and cataract surgery. I am passionate about assisting my patients to achieve their full visual potential. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to restore sight and to improve people’s quality of life.

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