The minimalist guide to lens replacement surgery

Lens replacement surgery can seem like a confusing subject, especially if you’re not medically trained. To our world-class ophthalmic surgeons it’s a simple and straight forward procedure, of course, but we understand that our customers need simplified information, without medical jargon so you can make an informed decision on whether lens replacement surgery is the right thing for you.

That’s why we’ve created this simple guide to lens replacement surgery, so you can quickly and easily get the facts – without ending up even more confused than you were before.

What is lens replacement surgery?
Often referred to as Refractive Lens Exchange; lens replacement surgery is a vision improving procedure that can permanently correct your vision problems. It is particularly helpful to prevent or treat cataracts, and to improve long or short sightedness.   

Originally developed using the intraocular lens technology used in cataract surgery; lens replacement surgery - with a choice of different lenses available - goes one step further, enabling you to have additional vision problems corrected, either independently or at the same time as cataract surgery.

Lens replacement surgery is suitable for all ages (above 21), but can be beneficial if you’re over 50 years of age when laser eye surgery can be less suitable to correct certain refractive errors.
The benefits of lens replacement surgery
✔ Clear vision
✔ Reduces glare or halos from bright lights
✔ Treats cataracts, astigmatism, long sightedness, short sightedness and presbyopia
✔ Better colour perception
✔ Improved night vision
✔ Depending on your lens choice, you will no longer need glasses or contact lenses
✔ Quick and pain-free procedure: treatment time only 20 minutes
What’s involved in lens replacement surgery?
Having the lens of your eye replaced might sound like a complex and scary operation, but it is actually performed in less than 20 minutes – from start to finish. And our specialist eye surgeons have performed lens replacement surgery on many thousands of happy customers.

Before your surgery takes place - at your free consultation - your surgeon will perform a range of diagnostic eye assessments. This is when your surgeon will discuss with you the various different lens choices that are available, and together you will decide which one suits your lifestyle and your individual vision problems. 

On the day of your surgery, the lens replacement surgery will be carried out by the same ophthalmic surgeon that you met during your consultation – in less than thirty minutes.

It is a painless operation - due to the local anaesthetic, which is administered under your eye – without any needles. And although you’ll be fully conscious, you won’t be able to see what is going on during the surgery apart from sensing the movement of light and the movement of your surgeon. Plus, there is no need for you to worry about whether or not to keep your eyes open.

Using ultrasound waves, your surgeon will dissolve your natural lens then remove it with a minuscule laser cut – that is so small it won’t require stitches or anything like that. Then your new artificial lens, or intraocular lens (IOL), will be placed in position and it is fixed in placed by the natural membrane in your eye.

But the whole process is so quick and painless that you won’t actually believe it. And before you know it, we’ll be offering your free refreshments whilst you rest for a little while in our relaxation lounge.

If you choose Optegra for your lens replacement surgery, it will be performed in one of our 33 nationwide eye hospitals, using precision equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

We’re extremely proud of the facilities we offer at our eye clinics – where everything is focussed on impeccable customer care. And we can assure you that from the moment you arrive you will feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease - in an environment that is wholly dedicated to superior quality eye care.

Lens replacement surgery: aftercare
Like laser eye surgery, the downtime after lens replacement surgery is minimal. And in most cases, you’ll be able to return to normal activities the same day – with one of two exceptions, such as avoiding getting water in your eyes, pressing or rubbing your eyes or engaging in strenuous exercise.

You will be given eye drops after your lens replacement surgery and we will usually see you again in about 7 days to make sure everything is healing as it should.

To find out more about lens replacement surgery at Optegra and to check-out the impressive facilities at your local Optegra Eye Hospital, you may want to consider attending one of our informative open evenings – or, if you prefer, you can download our free guide to lens replacement surgery.

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