How safe is Clarivu eye surgery? Simple steps to protect yourself from possible complications

Popular, particularly, amongst the over 50 age group; Clarivu eye surgery is an extremely safe and straight forward procedure – usually completed in under 30 minutes.

Clarivu is the brand name for a very successful eye treatment, called Refractive Lens Exchange that can prevent and treat cataracts and dramatically improve your vision – both long and short sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. It involves removing your natural lens, from behind your pupil, and replacing with an intraocular artificial lens, which can then be precision adjusted to perfect your vision.

Your Clarivu eye surgery will be performed under local anaesthetic, which is administered underneath the eye, without needles. And using a combination of ultrasound waves – to first dissolve your natural lens, and the latest femtosecond laser technology to ensure the procedure is quick and painless – with minimal downtime.

At Optegra, Clarivu surgery is performed by our team of world-class ophthalmic surgeons who between them conduct thousands of lens replacement operations every year.  And worldwide lens replacement surgery - specifically for cataracts - is carried out on over 14 million patients every year, with upwards of 300,000 of those performed by the NHS alone.

When you consider the numbers, it’s clear to see why Clarivu is considered such a safe treatment. But as with all operations, there are one or two risks which you need to be aware of - before deciding whether to go ahead with Refractive Lens Exchange/ Clarivu eye surgery. 
 
What are the preventable risks of Clarivu eye surgery?
Sore eyes
You may feel a small amount of discomfort in your eyes following Clarivu eye surgery, which might make your eyes appear red or blood shot. Some patients also report a gritty sensation in the eyes after the procedure, but this will usually settle down very quickly.
What can you do to protect yourself from sore eyes after Clarivu surgery?

✔ Use prescribed eye drops to keep eyes lubricated: to encourage healing and prevent ‘grittiness’
✔ Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes for the first few days/ weeks after surgery
 
Infection
Eye infection after Clarivu eye surgery is a rare complication, but it is something you should be aware of, so you can take steps to protect yourself.
In less than 0.05% of cases a serious infection can occur, so if you notice any unusual symptoms such as pain or loss of vision, you should get in touch with your surgeon as soon as possible.

What can you do to protect yourself from eye infection after Clarivu surgery?

✔ You’ll be given antibiotic eye drops to take home after your surgery: you must take care to adhere to the instructions, and finish the course, to reduce the possibility of infection.
✔ You should protect your eyes from shampoo and other cosmetics immediately after surgery. And avoid swimming pools, saunas and other areas where water may get into your eyes for up to 4 weeks after surgery.
✔ Use clean towels and facecloths – daily, to further reduce your chance of infection 
  
Possible complications after Clarivu eye surgery

Although unlikely, and the risks are incredibly low, there are some additional complications that can result from lens replacement surgery, but most - if not all - are easily rectifiable with further treatment:

Cystoid Macula Odema
This refers to a swelling in the part of the retina which is responsible for detailed vision. Swelling in this part of the eye, after Clarivu surgery, can cause a decrease in vision. But most cases are mild and are treated with medicated eye drops – if required. In most cases, however, they will resolve on their own without any further treatment.

Posterior Capsule Opacification
After surgery, the lens capsule which is implanted into your eye to house the intraocular lens (IOL) can become cloudy. To clear the cloudiness we treat the capsule with YAG laser. After this treatment, some patients report seeing ‘floaters’ in their eyes – either when looking at bright lights or whilst looking straight ahead. Over time, eyes will settle down and not cause you any further problems.

Retinal detachment
On very rare occasions, during surgery, your retina may become detached. It can be rectified with surgery, but you may encounter some reduction in the quality of your vision – compared to before you had the surgery.
 
Choose the best; The UK’s most trusted eye specialists

Clarivu eye surgery can offer immeasurable benefits to those suffering with cataracts and associated vision problems; many of our customers are overwhelmed with emotion after their surgery when they realise they’re able to see again without using strong glasses or contact lenses. And we can assure you it is one of the safest and most regularly performed operations in the world.

But one of the best ways you can prevent complications, aside from following aftercare advice, is to choose to have your surgery with a quality provider. Optegra was recently voted the UK’s no.1 most trusted eye specialist. To find out why, you can read what our happy customers have to say about us, or you might want to consider attending one of our Clarivu eye surgery open evenings – where you can view one of our state-of-the-art eye hospitals and meet with and talk to some of our eye specialists.



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