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what is lens replacement

What is lens replacement surgery?

am i suitable for lens replacement

Am I suitable for lens replacement surgery?

how much does lens replacement cost

How much does lens replacement cost?


What is lens replacement surgery?

Liberate yourself from glasses and contact lenses with the transformative power of Lens Replacement surgery. Lens replacement surgery (also known as Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE) is an advanced development of cataract surgery, one of the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedures. The natural lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). RLE is a perfectly safe and permanent method of correcting long and short sightedness which also prevents or removes cataracts.

Am I suitable for lens replacement surgery?

Lens replacement surgery could be just what you need if you have any of the following:

- Dependence on bifocal, varifocal or multifocal contact lenses or glasses
- Presbyopia
- Long-sightedness (hyperopia)
- Short-sightedness (myopia)
- Astigmatism
- Cataracts

How much does lens replacement cost?

This is dependent on the consultation and leading technology from scans that are performed on your eyes including the recommendation as to what treatment is best for you, there are several different types of lenses that cater for various distances that will be explained to you by your optometrist and eye surgeon.

Fast Facts

Procedure Time: 20 mins per eye
Time off Work: 2-3 days
Hospital Stay: Day Case
Full Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Exercise: No lifting for 2 weeks

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Patient Stories

Sarah Davies

Sarah always struggled with poor vision and relied on glasses and contact lenses. She recalls, "Wearing corrective eyewear provided temporary relief, but deep down, I knew it wasn't a permanent solution. I felt hindered by my dependence on them, and it affected my confidence and social interactions"



Lens Replacement FAQs

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What happens after I have lens replacement surgery?

Before you leave the day surgery, you will be prescribed eye drops or other medication to help prevent infection and reduce inflammation. You will need to have a family member or friend with you to take you home. Once you get home, it is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap. Several hours post surgery, most people are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time.

Do I need to take medication after having lens replacement surgery?

You will typically use drops for around 7 days after your surgery these are anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops. Depending on your medical history and general health you may be prescribed further medication to support your recovery.

How long will I experience discomfort after lens replacement surgery?

It is normal for vision to be blurry in the beginning – your eye needs to heal and adjust. Vision will normally begin to improve within a few days of the surgery. It’s also normal for your eye to feel itchy and to experience mild discomfort for a couple of days – you will be asked to wear an eye patch or protective shield at night to ensure you don’t rub your eye while you sleep. This discomfort should disappear after a few days.

How quickly can I expect to see results with lens replacement surgery?

Vison will continue to improve within the first few weeks and many people can return to work after around three days, however, dusty or smoky working environments should be avoided for around two weeks after the surgery.

Will I need further treatments?

There is a high success rate with lens replacement surgery, with 95% of patients achieving vision of driving standard or better following the procedure.

Next steps

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Your First Appointment

The initial pre-operative consultation is the most important stage in your journey of spectacle independence. This is where we reliably determine the appropriate treatment and the surgical result that we would like to obtain as safely as possible.

You will meet trained professionals who will discuss your medical history and current lifestyle along with your initial interest in vision correction. You will be exposed to a number of diagnostic tests using cutting-edge technology to measure vital results which will be assessed by an optometrist to confirm suitability of your procedure.

It is strongly recommended that you bring a friend or family member to this appointment and all subsequent as your eyes will be dilated resulting in your inability to drive for 4-6 hours.

Should you be a successful and suitable candidate for the procedure you will have the opportunity to book your surgery at this appointment. Please note that you will be required to speak to your surgeon either in person or virtually at least 7 days prior to your surgery date.

Free Consultation

Whilst the consultation is free most of our patients proceed to have a vested interest in proceeding with treatment and many report to have life changing outcomes.

The Surgery

Just before the operation you will be given some dilation drops to enlarge the pupil. This will shortly be followed by an anaesthetic to numb the eye in the form of eye drops. A clip holding your eyelids apart allows you to blink safely during surgery.

Your surgeon will be looking through a microscope to perform the surgery. You will be lying down under a surgical tent with fresh air coming in underneath. A sticky plastic drape covers your skin around your eye and sticks the eyelashes out of the way.

A small self-sealing entry point will be made at the junction of the white of the eye and cornea, the lens capsule will be removed followed by the removal of the natural lens via a high frequency vibrating probe, fluid washing and vacuum.

The new artificial lens will be placed into position finished by a wash-out and refilling with fluid and antibiotics.

You will be awake during the procedure but you will not be able to see what is happening apart from a bright light. During surgery you will be asked to lie as flat as possible with your head still. The operation usually lasts between 15-20 minutes but can last longer. A pad or shield may be put over your eye to protect it.

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