Why refer to us?


We are a fully equipped clinic with a highly trained professional team. Our ethos is to provide the ultimate premium cataract surgery service to your patients. We value good old-fashioned customer service, and we will not treat your patients like a number. At each visit, your patients will be examined by our ophthalmologists and have ample chair time to discuss any questions or concerns they may have.

All our ophthalmologists at Queensland Eye and Retina Specialists have extensive training in routine and more complex cataract surgery. Dr Sean Cheng, our vitreoretinal specialist, is also able to offer the option of combined cataract surgery with vitrectomy, ideal for patients who may have cataract and other pathologies such as epiretinal membrane, macula hole or localised retinal detachments. This may help reduce number of visits, procedures, and recovery time as the patient will require only a single hospital admission.

We continually audit our cataract surgery outcomes, in order to assess clinical performance and make any necessary adjustments. If you would like to discuss further, please contact our office.

What IOL options are available for our patients?


Our ophthalmologists have access to an up-to-date suite of IOL options, including Monofocals, EDoFs (extended depth of focus) and Multifocals. To calculate the preferred IOL power for each patient, we use the Barrett Universal II formula, which has been shown to provide higher predictability compared to other formulae. At the cataract consultation, patients will undergo a detailed lifestyle discussion with our clinical optometrists, including their visual needs and expectations following surgery. By doing this, we aim to offer personalised IOL configurations which are optimised for each individual patient.

A popular lens configuration currently is mini-monovision with an EDoF lens, which can provide a greater range of functional vision for patients, without the significant glare/halo side-effects of current generation Multifocal IOLs.

We do not compromise on the quality of our IOL lenses, choosing to use a Monofocal Plus as our “standard” lens option, with the aim of providing the best visual outcomes to our patients.

What are the differences between Private and Public systems for cataract surgery?


Australia’s public health system offers free health care to all Medicare card holders. As such there is an extremely high demand for the system. All public hospitals are also training facilities, where all future generation specialists hone their skills under the supervision of a consultant specialist.

It is important to know that there are two waiting lists: one waitlist to be assessed in clinic, and another waitlist to have the surgery performed. Public funding is incredibly limited; hence, patients will be triaged based on their clinical severity. Nearly all cataract surgeries are deemed Category 3, for which the recommended timeframe for assessment in clinic is 365 days. Furthermore, patients are unable to choose their surgeon, and may have their surgery performed by a training registrar under supervision. Due to limited funds, public cataract surgeries are also limited to standard IOLs, with no option of multifocal selection.

Cataract Considerations

Queensland Eye & Retina

Public system

Choice of surgeon

Experienced surgeons only

Anyone including trainee

Waiting time

2-4 weeks

Variable depending on facility.  Long wait  

Choice of IOLlens

Premium lens

Basic lens


Private day hospital

Public hospital


Known gap for insured


Ease of Parking

Onsite or discounted option available


Same treating doctor



Cataract Care

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