Refractive Cataract Surgery

Transform Your Vision with Revolutionary Refractive Cataract Surgery

Refractive Cataract Surgery is a groundbreaking advancement in cataract surgery that rivals the impact of phacoemulsification, which was introduced half a century ago. This revolutionary procedure merges cataract removal with state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and high-quality intraocular lenses, with the aim of minimizing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contacts after the surgery.

Discover how our advanced technology restores your sight and enhances your life.

Tired of Blurry Vision and Constantly Changing Glasses?

Millions of people around the world suffer from cataracts, resulting in impaired vision, glare, and constant frustration. You’re not alone in your struggle. Refractive Cataract Surgery offers a life-changing solution to regain your clear vision and independence.

Experience the Freedom of Crystal-Clear Sight with Refractive Cataract Surgery

Our cutting-edge Refractive Cataract Surgery employs state-of-the-art technology to remove cataracts and correct other vision issues. You’ll enjoy enhanced vision and a better quality of life after a quick and virtually painless procedure.

If you have had LASIK early in life, you are still a potential candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Laser Technology

At Conlon Eye Institute, we are proud to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery using the innovative Laser System system. This advanced technology ensures greater precision and accuracy in the surgical process, providing our patients with exceptional results and faster recovery times.

Benefits of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery:

  • Greater precision in incision and lens fragmentation
  • Reduced ultrasound energy usage, minimizing potential damage to the eye
  • Enhanced safety and accuracy in IOL placement
  • Customized treatment tailored to each patient’s unique eye characteristics
  • Faster recovery times and improved post-surgical vision
  • Dr. Conlon is one of most experienced Laser
    surgeons in Canada

Intraocular Lens

Monofocal IOL

  • Vision corrected for one distance (usually distance

Monofocal +

  • High quality monofocal IOL
  •  Correct for distance and intermediate vision


  • Provide clear vision at multiple distances, reducing the need for reading glasses


  • Specifically designed to correct astigmatism and provide clear vision at all distances

The Refractive Cataract Surgery Process

Step 1: Comprehensive Eye Examination Our ophthalmologists will thoroughly assess your eyes to determine if you’re a candidate for refractive cataract surgery and recommend the best IOL option for your needs.

Step 2: Surgery Preparation We will provide you with detailed pre-surgical instructions to ensure a successful procedure and a smooth recovery.

Step 3: The Surgery Our skilled ophthalmologists will perform the surgery using advanced technology and techniques, ensuring a safe and effective procedure.

Step 4: Post-Surgical Care You will receive comprehensive post-surgical care, including regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure optimal results.




Refractive Cataract Surgery: A Complete Guide

Are you tired of constantly relying on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly? Refractive cataract surgery might be the solution you’ve been looking for. This advanced procedure not only removes cataracts but also corrects vision problems, potentially reducing or eliminating your need for eyewear. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of refractive cataract surgery, exploring its benefits, the role of intraocular lenses, and what to expect throughout the process.

Discover how this cutting-edge procedure can improve your quality of life by offering freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Say goodbye to blurry vision and hello to a new world of clear, sharp sight.

Key Takeaways

  • Refractive Cataract Surgery is an advanced procedure utilizing femtosecond lasers and IOLs to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.

  • Causes of cataracts, astigmatism & presbyopia can be addressed through refractive cataract surgery with specialized lenses & techniques.

  • Choosing a qualified surgeon and clinic is important when considering costs, insurance coverage, technology & patient feedback.

Understanding Refractive Cataract Surgery

Refractive cataract surgery is an advanced procedure that combines the removal of cataracts with vision correction, aiming to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Refractive surgery relies on the use of advanced femtosecond lasers, which upholds greater precision and accuracy. This is in contrast to standard cataract operations, which rely on manual tools. The primary objective of refractive cataract surgery is to lessen or remove a person’s reliance on prescription eyewear.

This innovative procedure is changing lives by providing patients with clear vision free from the constraints of corrective eyewear. No more fumbling for glasses or struggling with contact lenses; refractive cataract surgery offers a new lease on life for those suffering from blurry vision due to cataracts and other refractive errors.

The Role of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) in Refractive Cataract Surgery

Intraocular lenses (IOLs), also known as intraocular lens implants, play a crucial role in refractive cataract surgery, as they replace the clouded natural lens and reinstate clear vision. There are various types of IOLs available to meet individual vision requirements and deliver the best possible outcomes, such as:

  • Monofocal IOLs

  • Toric IOLs

  • Multifocal IOLs

  • Accommodating IOLs

Gaining knowledge about the role and capabilities of different IOLs enables patients and surgeons to make informed decisions about the most suitable treatment option to achieve optimal vision correction. Let’s explore the different types of IOLs and how they address specific vision needs.

Monofocal IOLs

Monofocal IOLs are used in standard cataract surgery to provide clear vision at a single distance. This type of IOL has a single lens power, allowing for focused vision at one distance, such as far or near. However, patients who receive Monofocal IOLs often still require glasses for other distances to avoid blurry vision.

Although Monofocal IOLs commonly provide an effective solution for many patients, those looking for a more comprehensive answer for vision correction may find Toric or Multifocal IOLs beneficial.

Toric IOLs

Toric IOLs are designed to correct astigmatism, a common refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. By using a toric iol in refractive cataract surgery, patients can experience a higher probability of 20/20 uncorrected visual acuity post-operatively compared to traditional cataract surgery.

This type of specialized IOL can dramatically cut down or completely remove the need for glasses post cataract surgery, presenting an appealing choice for patients with astigmatism seeking liberation from corrective eyewear.

Multifocal and Accommodating IOLs

Multifocal and accommodating IOLs, such as the multifocal intraocular lens, provide a full range of vision correction, allowing patients to see clearly at various distances. Unlike monofocal IOLs, which only offer clear vision at a single distance, multifocal IOLs have multiple lens powers to correct vision at any distance, while accommodating IOLs change shape to focus on objects at different distances.

Astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia can all be managed using these advanced artificial lens (IOLs), providing a comprehensive vision correction solution and lessening reliance on glasses.

Causes and Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataracts, primarily caused by aging, result in the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is often referred to as a cloudy lens. This leads to progressively worsening vision if left untreated. Cataracts may cause various symptoms, including:

  • Cloudy vision

  • Halos around lights

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Changes in color perception

The development of cataracts can have a substantial effect on daily activities, including reading, driving, and even face recognition. Refractive cataract surgery not only removes these clouded lenses but also addresses any underlying refractive errors, providing patients with clearer, sharper vision.

Addressing Astigmatism and Presbyopia in Refractive Cataract Surgery

Refractive cataract surgery, also known as refractive lens exchange, can address astigmatism and presbyopia, common vision issues that often require corrective eyewear, by using specialized IOLs and surgical techniques to correct refractive errors. Toric IOLs, for example, are designed to correct astigmatism by refocusing light rays as they pass through the lens, resulting in a near-perfect and long-lasting correction of astigmatism.

In addition to astigmatism, presbyopia is another age-related vision problem that typically affects individuals over the age of 40 and requires the use of reading glasses. By using multifocal or accommodating IOLs, refractive cataract surgery can effectively correct presbyopia, reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses.

The Refractive Cataract Surgery Procedure

The refractive cataract surgery procedure involves making a small incision, removing the clouded natural lens, and replacing it with a customized artificial IOL. This procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia, eliminating the need for full sedation in most cases.

Utilizing advanced technology like femtosecond lasers, refractive cataract surgery guarantees accurate and precise lens removal and implantation, resulting in improved visual outcomes and quicker recovery time.

Recovery and Post-Operative Care

Recovery from refractive cataract surgery typically involves avoiding certain activities, using prescribed eye drops, and attending follow-up appointments. Full recovery can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks, during which patients should abstain from activities that may cause undue stress, such as heavy lifting and exercising.

Prescription eye drops are necessary during the recovery period to facilitate healing and guard against infection and inflammation. Patients return for examination at the following intervals:

  • 1 week post-operatively

  • 1 month post-operatively

  • 3 months post-operatively

  • Annually or biannually following that

These post-operative visits help to monitor healing and visual progress.

Assessing Candidacy for Refractive Cataract Surgery

Candidacy for refractive cataract surgery depends on several factors, including:

  • The presence of cataracts

  • Eyeglass prescription

  • Overall eye health

  • Lifestyle

  • Vision requirements

  • Financial objectives

All of these factors play a role in determining if a person is a suitable candidate for this procedure.

Consulting with an experienced refractive cataract surgeon to discuss your unique needs and ascertain whether refractive cataract surgery is the suitable choice for you is necessary. The surgeon will consider both surgical technique and accurate preoperative measurements when assessing your candidacy and may recommend cataract surgery accordingly.

Costs and Insurance Coverage

Refractive cataract surgery costs are generally higher than standard cataract surgery and may not be fully covered by insurance. It’s important to discuss financial considerations with your surgeon before making a decision, as insurance coverage varies depending on the provider and the specific type of surgery being performed.

Making an informed decision and preparing for any potential out-of-pocket expenses can be achieved by understanding the costs involved in refractive cataract surgery and your insurance coverage.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is an advanced option that uses femtosecond lasers for precise incisions and lens removal. This technology offers greater precision and accuracy compared to traditional methods, but no significant differences in patient outcomes have been observed in the long-term, and laser-assisted cataract surgery may not be covered by health insurance.

Despite laser cataract surgery being a promising development in the field of vision correction, considering this option for your cataract surgery requires careful evaluation of its benefits and potential costs, especially when compared to other alternatives like laser vision correction.

Choosing the Right Surgeon and Clinic

Choosing the right surgeon and clinic for refractive cataract surgery involves considering factors such as:

  • Experience: The surgeon should have performed over 1,000 refractive surgery procedures and/or have at least 10 years of experience performing refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK or cataract surgery.

  • Technology: The clinic should have state-of-the-art equipment and use advanced techniques for refractive cataract surgery.

  • Patient satisfaction: Look for reviews and testimonials from previous patients to gauge their satisfaction with the surgeon and clinic.

Considering these factors will help ensure the best possible outcome for your refractive cataract surgery.

In choosing a clinic, prioritize those equipped with advanced technology like femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), and ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analyzer) for preoperative and intraoperative diagnostics and measurements. Additionally, consider patient satisfaction by reviewing surveys, interviews, online reviews, and tracking quality indicators to ensure that you are making the best choice for your vision correction needs.


Refractive cataract surgery is a life-changing procedure that offers the potential for clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. By understanding the role of intraocular lenses, the surgical process, recovery, and factors that determine candidacy, you can make an informed decision about whether this advanced procedure is right for you.

Embrace the possibility of a future free from the constraints of corrective eyewear. Consult with an experienced refractive cataract surgeon and take the first step towards a clearer, brighter world of vision.

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Complimentary Consultation

Develop a plan to receive the treatment that's right for you.

Personalized Procedure

Dr. Conlon provides a procedure that meets your vision goals.

Follow-up Care with Life-Changing Results

We ensure you can enjoy your results as quickly as possible.

Ensuring Access to Insured Health Services in Saskatchewan

The Conlon Eye Institute confirms that they are compliant with the Ministry of Health guidelines in Saskatchewan, and therefore, do not charge for healthcare services covered by the Saskatchewan Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). As a result, they ensure the accessibility and protection of insured healthcare services for the people of Saskatchewan.