Toronto Eye Surgery Centre

Toronto Eye Surgery Centre

Toronto Eye Surgery Centre
2345 Yonge Street, Suite 212, Edison Building
Toronto , Ontario , M4P 2E5 Canada
Fax: 416-545-0049


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Welcome to Toronto Eye Surgery Centre

Learn why our Specialists can be trusted with your Cataract Surgery in Toronto.
About Toronto Eye Surgery Centre

Cataract Surgery Services

What to Expect


Cataract Surgery and Correction of Presbyopia
Cataract surgery will serve to remove cataracts and provide you with clearer vision, but it can correct your presbyopia as well. During cataract surgery, the cloudy or discolored eye lens can be replaced with a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL), which provides you with a full range of vision instead of correcting your vision at just one distance. It works in a similar fashion to bifocal or multifocal lenses.

Lens Used for Cataract (CAT) Surgery
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are small silicone or plastic lenses used to replace the clouded lens removed during cataract surgery. IOLs are about 5-6 mm in diameter, and are either foldable or non-foldable. For non-foldable lenses, the surgeon will make a long incision along the side of the eye and insert the lens. For foldable lenses, a smaller incision will be made, and the lens will be inserted and unfolded inside the eye. At our Toronto centre, we use only foldable lenses, as these result in a much quicker healing time with less astigmatism.

You can choose to have your natural lens replaced with a monofocal IOL, which corrects your vision at one distance (near, intermediate, or far), a toric lens, which corrects for astigmatism, or a multifocal IOL, which corrects your vision at all distances simultaneously.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) and Correction of Presbyopia
In Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery, the natural lens of your eye is removed, even before you develop a cataract, and replaced with a multifocal intraocular lens. This type of lens corrects your vision at near, intermediate, and far distances simultaneously, restoring your ability to change focus from one distance to another without corrective eyewear.

Lens Used for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are small silicone or plastic lenses used to replace the natural lens of your eye. IOLs are about 5-6 mm in diameter, and can be foldable or non-foldable. For non-foldable lenses, the surgeon will make a long incision along the side of the eye and insert the lens. For foldable lenses, a smaller incision will be made, and the lens will be inserted and unfolded inside the eye. IOLs can be used to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, and presbyopia.

Multifocal Intraocular Lens
The natural lens of your eye can be replaced with a multifocal IOL which allows you to see clearly at near, intermediate, and far distances simultaneously without having to rely on glasses or contacts for more tasks. There are a variety of multifocal lenses available and are described below; consult your eye doctor for the one that is best for you.

Alcon ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens
The Alcon ReSTOR® intraocular lens is an exciting alternative to monfocal lenses. This bifocal IOL reduces the need for eyewear such as bifocals or reading glasses.

The Alcon ReSTOR® IOL contains lighting technology that leaves natural colors unaltered and quality of vision unaffected in any light. The mild yellow tint on the lens will filter out short-wavelength blue light, believed to be protective against aging changes of the retina. Other advantages include restoration of a full range of vision and the ability to easily read small type.

AMO ReZoom Intra-ocular Lens
This lens is a multifocal lens. This means that it will restore close up, intermediate and distance vision. It is not as good close up for really fine tasks and thus a reading lens may be needed afterwards for long periods of reading.

AMO Tecnis Multifocal lens
Similar to the ReSTOR lens, it is also a bifocal lens.

This is an excellent choice for people with astigmatism. It is very accurate at correcting this and can result in excellent vision without glasses for distance.

Discuss the advantages and risks of the above IOL’s with your doctor to determine if this lens is right for yo

What to Expect

Do I qualify for Cataract RLE Surgery?
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, you may be a good candidate for surgery. However, certain health conditions may interfere with your post-operative healing, and require additional care. Consult your doctor for a pre-operative assessment, during which your eligibility for cataract surgery will be determined.

Before Surgery

  • Schedule a baseline eye exam to establish eligibility and to discuss what you should expect before, during, and after surgery.
  • For 24 hours before your baseline exam, stop wearing contact lenses. This timeline varies based on the type of contacts you wear.
  • One day before and the day of the surgery, stop using creams, make-up, or perfumes. These may increase the risk of infection during and after surgery.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from your surgery, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours, until the anesthetic has worn off and your vision is good enough.
  • You may need to arrange to be away from work for a few days after surgery.
  • Confirm with us when you should plan to arrive for your surgery.
  • Plan ahead so that the day of your surgery is free of all other commitments and activities.

The Day of the Surgery

How long will it take?
Your operation will take less than 30 minutes, but pre- and post-operative care will require you to stay at our facility for a few hours. After your stay at our facility, all other activities should be postponed. Devote the entire day to rest and recovery.

What should I wear?

  • Plan to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Refrain from wearing fleece or other fabric that creates lint.
  • Refrain from wearing jewelry or make-up.

Will the surgery be painful?
An eye-drop anesthetic will be administered, so that your experience will be virtually pain-free. We have a fully qualified anaesthetist at your surgery who will give you some medications to help you relax and be comfortable throughout the procedure. Ask us about any concerns you might have.

During Surgery

To begin, we will administer an eye-drop anesthetic and clean the area around your eye. Then a lid speculum, a gentle spring device, will be put in place to hold your eyelids open.

You will be asked to stare at a light to help position your eye correctly. Then the doctor will begin by making a tiny 3 mm incision in the cornea, the clear part of your eye. an opening is then made in the lens of the eye, followed by breaking up of the lens into tiny fragments with an ultrasonic device called a phaco emulsification handpiece. The tiny fragments are washed out of the eye with special fluid. Then, the artificial lens is folded into a small roll, and inserted in the place of the natural lens which has been removed.

Stitches will usually not be necessary to close the incision. A clear plastic shield will be applied to the eye and eye drops are put in the eye.

Post Surgery

You may experience some or all of the following:

  • Irritated, watery, or bloodshot eye(s)
  • Discomfort or mild pain
  • Temporarily blurred vision

Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to help alleviate these symptoms, which should subside within the first few days after surgery. It may take a few months for your vision to stabilize.

You will be provided with a pair of sunglasses to wear while your eye heals. Be sure to use only these sunglasses; other eyewear will not provide the same protection. Do not resume wearing contact lenses while your eye is healing.

Schedule and attend post-operative appointments as recommended, to monitor your healing progress.

Contact us immediately if you develop any new or worsening symptoms after surgery.


Cataract surgery is an exciting procedure which restores vision and improves quality of life.

The following are just some of the benefits you can experience as a result.

  • Richer, more vibrant colors.
  • Sharper, clearer vision, to the point where you can begin to drive again.
  • Less dependence on glasses or contacts.
  • Better vision in low light.
  • Increased independence.
  • An overall improved quality of life!