Restore clear vision for active lives with lifestyle cataract surgery in Brisbane

Discover how this cataract treatment gives you clarity of vision AND corrects your glasses prescription to suit your busy lifestyle

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Gain freedom from glasses for many of the activities you enjoy

Lifestyle cataract surgery fixes your cataracts and reduces your need for glasses while you’re out and about

Wave goodbye to cataracts and glasses 

After lifestyle cataract surgery, we’ll have removed your cataracts and significantly reduced your dependency on glasses. Our patients receive lenses that enables them to see clearly for many of the tasks and activities they enjoy most.

Regain your independence

Cataracts often make our patients feel concerned about the future of their vision and anxious at the prospect of surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a very safe procedure and our patients experience a huge sense of relief as the colour of life comes flooding back, and the clarity of their vision is restored.

Feel liberated

One of the best things about lifestyle cataract surgery is the way it can improve all aspects of your day. You will worry less about how poor vision might interfere with your plans or where you last left your glasses. You’ll be able to run, walk and dance with more comfort and convenience. Many of our patients even begin to explore new passions and interests now that glasses no longer get in their way.

Re-engage with life

After lifestyle cataract surgery, our patients are delighted that they can continue to enjoy life with vision that can keep up with their active lifestyle. Patients who have undergone lifestyle cataract surgery realise that age really is just a number!

Wave goodbye to cataracts and glasses 

After lifestyle cataract surgery, we’ll have removed your cataracts and significantly reduced your dependency on glasses. Our patients receive lenses that enables them to see clearly for many of the tasks and activities they enjoy most.

Regain your independence

Cataracts often make our patients feel concerned about the future of their vision and anxious at the prospect of surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a very safe procedure and our patients experience a huge sense of relief as the colour of life comes flooding back, and the clarity of their vision is restored.

Feel liberated

One of the best things about lifestyle cataract surgery is the way it can improve all aspects of your day. You will worry less about how poor vision might interfere with your plans or where you last left your glasses. You’ll be able to run, walk and dance with more comfort and convenience. Many of our patients even begin to explore new passions and interests now that glasses no longer get in their way.

Re-engage with life

After lifestyle cataract surgery, our patients are delighted that they can continue to enjoy life with vision that can keep up with their active lifestyle. Patients who have undergone lifestyle cataract surgery realise that age really is just a number!

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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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.

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

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.

Restore your vision and gain great functional vision without glasses

Lifestyle cataract surgery suitability criteria

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

How lifestyle cataract surgery works

The surgeon makes the corneal incision and softens the cataract. An ultrasound probe emulsifies the clouded 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 lens

This is where lifestyle cataract surgery most differs from standard cataract surgery. We can use a lens implant to provide an enhanced range of vision. The lens power is calculated using scans taken at your initial consult for surgery.

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.

With a special EDOF or multifocal lens, you will have good intermediate and distance vision or functional near vision. You may still need glasses to read and drive at night or read very small print, but you may be able to be free from glasses for either most tasks requiring either near focus or distance focus.

If you would like to reduce your dependence on glasses for both tasks that require near and distance vision, you should consider laser cataract surgery.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • Vision that suits your lifestyle: With lifestyle cataract surgery, you have the option to choose your desired prescription after your surgery.
  • Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in Australia and New Zealand; the procedure is considered an outpatient procedure, which typically takes less than an hour and does not require an overnight stay
  • Vision is usually improving the day after surgery. Optimal improvement in vision is usually achieved with toric or multifocal lenses. We can even top-up/enhance the procedure with laser refinement at a later date to give you spectacularly accurate results
  • 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
  • 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
  • Driving is not permitted for 24 hours following surgery, due to the sedation used
  • Lifestyle cataract surgery will incur additional fees to cover premium lenses and possible laser enhancements
  • It is also quite normal to be sensitive to bright lights 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 eyelid to prevent infection
    • Swimming
    • Allowing water/shampoo to come into direct contact with the eye

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 risk 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 lifestyle cataract surgery is:

  • Laser cataract surgery –  Restore clarity of vision AND correct your glasses prescription so you no longer need glasses to read – (even in dimly lit conditions or at night)
  •  Standard cataract surgery – An ideal treatment for someone who has no astigmatism or other refractive error (only approximately 30% of the population).

Does a non-surgical treatment exist?

The alternative to having cataract surgery is quite simply not undergoing surgery. Cataracts are unable to be treated with anything other than a surgical procedure. If they remain untreated, then over time they will continue to cause your visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to gradually decline. Your optometrist may ultimately be unable to prescribe glasses to provide any form of visual clarity.

The cataract will eventually blur your vision to a point where daily activities can become difficult to perform.

In some cases, if you do not opt for surgery, the natural lens will thicken in addition to going cloudy, and can potentially cause the drainage pathway of the eye (the trabecular meshwork) to narrow. This can put you at risk of a condition known as angle-closure glaucoma, which can result in irreversible vision loss.

Lifestyle 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 break up the lens into a fine pulp. We then carefully remove this pulp under microscopic guidance.

Step three: Once we’ve had the cataract removed, we 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 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. 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. 

Lifestyle cataract surgery results

After surgery, you’ll have clear vision and will no longer be dependent on glasses for many of your chosen tasks and activities.

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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