refractive cataract surgery

See the world clearly again with Kansas City’s Cataract Surgery Specialists

Welcome to modern cataract surgery. Gone are the days of blurry vision and lengthy recovery times. With today’s advanced techniques and technologies, you can regain sharp, clear vision in no time. Durrie Vision offers an array of high-quality intraocular lenses (IOLs) that have revolutionized surgical outcomes, leading to better vision – without bifocals or readers – after cataract removal.

For Treating

Cataracts, Presbyopia, Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, & Astigmatism


"I had a cataract on my right eye. Had lens replacement yesterday and today it’s like everything is in high definition."

– Mike

Is it Right for You?

While cataracts can develop at any age, they’re most commonly found in people over the age of 60. The condition occurs when the natural lens in your eyes becomes cloudy, causing blurred or distorted vision. If your daily activities are being impacted by a decline in vision, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Halos around lights
  • Difficulty reading in dim light
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions

Refractive Cataract Surgery vs. Basic Cataract Surgery

When it comes to cataract surgery, not all procedures are created equal.

Basic cataract surgery relies on standard, monofocal lenses, leaving common vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism uncorrected. As a result, patients may still need bifocals to see clearly at different distances.

At Durrie Vision, we offer refractive cataract surgery, an advanced form of the procedure that restores vision at near, intermediate, and far distances, reducing or eliminating the need for readers or bifocals. Our personalized approach involves using multifocal, extended depth-of-focus, or Toric IOLs that are customized to meet the unique needs of each patient.

What to Expect


Refractive Cataract Surgery is a 10-15 minute out-patient procedure


The eyes are typically done one week apart


After the one-day post-op, patients can typically return to their regular daily activities, with a few restictions


Patients can anticipate significant visual improvement in the following days


During the following weeks, patients will use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops


Our doctors follow our patients' recovery with regular post-op visits throughout the year following surgery

Why Durrie Vision is the Best Choice for Cataract Surgery in Kansas City

Surgeon Expertise

Dr. Jason Stahl is renowned for his expertise in Refractive Cataract Surgery, making him the best choice for patients seeking exceptional care and superior visual results. 

Vision Correction Advancements

Our team specializes in the latest advancements in cataract treatment options – from modern developments in artifical lens implants to laser vision correction following cataract surgery to optimize our patients’ vision.

Better Vision Outcomes

At Durrie Vision, we understand how crucial your vision is to your daily life. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your visual goals. 

Refractive Cataract Surgery FAQs

What causes near vision loss?

Your natural lens acts like the zoom function in a camera, allowing you to focus on things up close. As we age, the lens progressively loses that ability, which results in the need for reading glasses or bifocals. The lens can also progressively develop cataracts, which are hard, yellow, and cloudy (cataract). Cataracts block and scatter light, and they reduce visual quality, quantity, and color perception. This natural progression is referred to as Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome.  

Does the new lens zoom?

We utilize three main categories of lenses to help you achieve distance and near vision after RLE surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these lenses with you and help you choose the best type of lens to meet your vision and lifestyle needs.

What is Presbyopia Correcting?

These lenses allow the patient to see distance and near/intermediate range in the same eye. They can be used in different combinations to increase the range of vision and reduce the need for reading glasses.

What is Aspheric?

These are monofocal (single focus) lenses that are designed for the best quality of vision at an optimum distance for the patient. Depending on the goals of the patient, there are options regarding where the eye is targeted – distance vision only, near vision only, or blended vision (one eye set for distance; one near).

How does my eye accept the new lens?

The new lenses are made of a specialized acrylic material, and are immovable once inside the eye. Unlike glass or metal, the eye will not reject nor react against the acrylic lens. 

Will Refractive Cataract Surgery prevent conditions like macular degeneration?

No. This procedure addresses the front of the eye and macular degeneration affects the retina in the back of the eye. Refractive Cataract Surgery patients should continue to schedule annual eye exams to check for naturally occurring eye problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal degeneration, or detachment.

What are the post-surgery restrictions?

Patients are encouraged to relax immediately following surgery, but are free to resume normal activities as comfort allows. For the first week, they should avoid rubbing or bumping their eye, or getting soap or water in it. For one month following the procedure, they are cautioned against heavy lifting and physical exertion for one month. During that time, they also need to avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, or oceans.

Get Started with a Free Consultation

Don’t let cataracts hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Schedule a consultation with our expert team today and take the first step towards sharper, clear vision. Our Advanced Ocular Analysis (AOA) is the first step in determining candidacy for a procedure. Your eyes will be examined using the most advanced diagnostic testing and technologies available. During your consultation, we’ll take the time to understand your unique needs and concerns, and develop your personalized treatment plan.

Don’t just take our word for it!

“One of the best decisions I ever made. The eye surgery nursing team is knowledgeable and professional. I had been wearing glasses and contacts with nearsightedness. Thanks to refractive lens exchange I can get up and explore a lot more of the world. Thank you Durrie Vision.”


“I would highly recommend Durrie Vision to anyone wanting to experience the BEST in vision care. I had cataract removal with lens replacement in both eyes performed by Dr. Stahl and I am totally blown away with my vision results.  My vision is bright, sharp, vivid and crystal clear!”


“I was impressed with the amount of detailed testing they did at my initial consultation. I had a great experience the day of my LASIK procedure with all of the staff. The results are amazing for such a quick procedure!”

Melissa S

“After 25+ years of glasses and contacts, all it took was about 10 minutes of surgery to correct my vision. Everyone was friendly and easy to work with throughout the process. To anyone considering getting their vision corrected, I give my highest recommendation to Durrie Vision.”


“Durrie Vision continues to exceed my expectations! I had lens replacement surgery yesterday. Less than 24 hours later I can see great and I am back at work.”


“Just had Lasik, and it was a great experience!! The office was great, my results are super, and I’m so grateful that I finally did it!”


Schedule a Free Consultation

During your free consultation visit, you will meet with an experienced refractive surgeon who will discuss your results along with a custom recommendation for treatment.

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