Restore your vision with standard cataract surgery in Brisbane

Discover how this safe and effective treatment restores your vision

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Enjoy more clarity and colour

Standard cataract surgery fixes your cataracts

Lift the cloud from your vision

After standard cataract surgery in Brisbane, we will have removed your cataracts, and you’ll be able to resume life with unclouded vision.

Regain your independence

Enjoy all the benefits of your newly-restored vision. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter and vibrant the world will appear and will be able to enjoy life’s pleasures with the people you love.

Get back to normal 

Many patients are back to their regular activities the day after cataract surgery. Their vision is much clearer, and if they wear glasses find them much more effective.

Re-engage with life

If you wear glasses and want to reduce your dependence on them while being active, travelling or simply out and about, you may want to consider lifestyle cataract surgery.

If you’d also like to reduce your dependence on glasses for close-up tasks like reading, and driving at night, you may want to consider laser cataract surgery.

Lift the cloud from your vision

After standard cataract surgery in Brisbane, we will have removed your cataracts, and you’ll be able to resume life with unclouded vision.

Regain your independence

Enjoy all the benefits of your newly-restored vision. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter and vibrant the world will appear and will be able to enjoy life’s pleasures with the people you love.

Get back to normal

Many patients are back to their regular activities the day after cataract surgery. Their vision is much clearer, and if they wear glasses find them much more effective.

Re-engage with life

If you wear glasses and want to reduce your dependence on them while being active, travelling or simply out and about, you may want to consider lifestyle cataract surgery.

If you’d also like to reduce your dependence on glasses for close-up tasks like reading, and driving at night, you may want to consider laser cataract surgery.

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

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Who can we help?

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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.

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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.

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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

Restore your vision and resume life with glasses

Standard cataract surgery suitability criteria

Standard cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the world. It is safe and very effective when treating cataract.

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

How standard cataract surgery works

The only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove it and implant an artificial lens in its place. 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 performed in a Day Surgery using local anaesthetic eyedrops and twilight sedation. A tiny incision is made in the cornea (the clear membrane on the surface of the eye) and a fine ultrasound instrument is then inserted. The ultrasound energy is used to gently emulsify the lens, and this is then carefully removed under microscopic guidance.

Once the surgeon has completely removed the cataract, they 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. Sutures are not usually required.

The surgery takes less than an hour. Generally, the total time at the hospital is approximately three hours. Once the operation is complete, we will place a clear shield over the eye which stays on for four hours post-surgery. After this, you will need to commence postoperative eye drops (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops). Each eye is treated separately on different days. Driving is not permitted for 24 hours following surgery due to the twilight sedation.

The lenses
With standard cataract surgery, we implant monofocal lenses which have a single point of focus. This means the lens will be fixed for either near or distance vision, but not both. You will need to resume wearing your normal prescription glasses after the surgery.

You can usually proceed with updating prescription glasses 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, once your surgeon has given you clearance to do so. The lens implants are permanent and ordinarily do not need to be replaced – they are good for the life of the patient.

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.
  • Vision is usually improving the day after cataract surgery; most patients can report an improvement in the brightness of their vision and enhanced colour perception
  • 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.
  • Medicare and health insurance usually cover basic cataract surgery.

Disadvantages

  • You will almost certainly continue to need spectacle correction of some kind.
  • 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
    • Swimming
    • Allowing water/shampoo to come into direct contact with the eye

Standard cataract surgery risks

  • There is a 98-99% chance that your surgery will be performed without complications. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in Australia. It is considered highly successful with favourable outcomes for the majority of patients.
  • After cataract surgery, it is common to experience mild irritation, dryness and light sensitivity.
  • Serious complications related to cataract surgery may include infection, retinal detachment, inflammation and oedema, glaucoma, haemorrhage and bleeding, residual lens material, and the possible worsening of pre-existing conditions.
  • Should you notice any severe pain, sudden changes to your vision, worsening of your vision or anything that seems out of the ordinary following your surgery, we recommend you call OKKO Eye Specialists immediately to discuss your concerns.

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

Restore your vision AND eliminate your need for glasses

If you would like to experience freedom from glasses after your cataract surgery, you have the option to choose your desired prescription by opting for:

  • Lifestyle cataract surgery – Restore clarity of vision AND correct your glasses prescription to suit your active lifestyle
  • 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 at night)

Does a non-surgical treatment exist?

The alternative to having cataract surgery is quite simply not undergoing cataract surgery. Cataracts are unable to be treated with anything other than a surgical procedure. If you do not treat your cataracts 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 cataract 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.

Standard cataract surgery steps

The most common type of cataract surgery is known as micro-incision phacoemulsification cataract extraction. We perform this procedure with local anaesthetic (eye drops) and copious sedation.

We make a small (2-2.5mm) self-sealing incision on the side of the cornea, the clear membrane on the surface of the eye. We then insert a fine ultrasound (phaco) probe. Vibrations from the tip of the probe fragment and emulsify the cataract into a pulp. We then carefully remove these fragments of cataract under microscopic guidance.

Following this, we replace your natural lens with a biocompatible monofocal lens, specifically preselected for your eye. 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.

Standard cataract surgery results

After standard cataract surgery in Brisbane, we will have removed your cataracts and your potential for good vision will be back to its former level.

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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. 

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

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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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