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      What is lens replacement surgery?

      Lens replacement surgery (also called Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE) is a sophisticated development of cataract surgery, one of the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedure. The natural lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) and typically takes 20 minutes per eye.

      The procedure is a safe and permanent way to correct both short or long-sightedness, and prevent or remove cataract.

      Who qualifies for natural lens replacement?

      Lens replacement surgery is ideal for patients who are diagnosed with the eye conditions or problems listed below. Find out more about the procedure and if you’re suitable for lens replacement surgery here.

      • tick Cataract
      • tick Astigmatism
      • tick Presyopia
      • tick Long-sightedness (Hyperopia)
      • tick Short-sightedness (Myopia)
      • tick Dependence on bifocal, varifocal or multifocal contact lenses or glasses

      How does lens replacement work?

      The surgery itself takes no more than 10 minutes, but you’ll have to rest about 30 minutes to an hour immediately after the procedure. As your eye will be anaesthetised with numbing drops, you will feel no pain. The discomfort and grogginess will gradually disappear while the anaesthesia is wearing off.

      The success rate is very high. Lens replacement surgery is safe, and life changing for millions of patients who have this successful procedure every year.

      All surgeries have some degree of risks, which is why you should discuss your procedure in detail with your eye surgeon. Risks and complications are rare, and can be further mitigated by choosing a high-quality lens replacement provider.

      Lens replacement costs

      Monofocal Lens Exchange

      Standard lens replacement treatment with monofocal lens

      Cost £2,999 per eye

      Lens Replacement Surgery

      The most common form of lens replacement to lose your glasses

      Cost £3,495 per eye

      Implantable Contact Lens

      Lens treatment preserving your natural lens

      Cost £3,795 per eye

      Pricing for complex lens replacement may vary. Pricing for lens replacement at Central London is £3,595. Lens replacement surgery is not covered by the NHS as alternatives exist such as glasses or contact lenses. Finance options are available.

      Fair & transparent pricing

      Our single price packages include your consultation, surgery and full aftercare so the price you see is the price you’ll pay. With no hidden extras. Our commitment to helping you see more extends to our pricing; whatever your prescription, our prices are fixed and include the following.

      • All diagnostic eye assessments
      • An advanced technology artificial intraocular lens (IOL) specially selected to suit you by your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
      • The procedure and post-operative care undertaken in an Optegra eye hospital
      • All aftercare related to the procedure, including any further top up laser surgery required to achieve your required visual goals

      About our immaculate eye hospitals

      Optegra eye hospitals are dedicated only to eye surgery, eye treatments and eye care. Our services include laser eye surgery, lens replacement and cataract surgery and treatment for other medical eye conditions including glaucoma.

      Our hospitals and clinics provide a modern, calm and comfortable environment in which our patients can feel relaxed and well cared for through a patient-led, personalised treatment plan.

      As centres of eye excellence, we offer facilities with the most advanced surgical and technical equipment. Each location is staffed by a professional clinical team with leading NHS-trained Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons who are all Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at each hospital ensures compliance with the best clinical practice.

      As well as purpose-built Optegra hospitals in Birmingham, Hampshire, London, North London, Manchester, Surrey and Yorkshire, we have conveniently located outreach eye clinics in Altrincham and Leeds.

      Eye lens replacement surgery explained

      Your Consultant Ophthalmic Lens Surgeon will choose a lens customised to your vision and lifestyle needs. This artificial replacement lens could provide the benefit of being able to focus on near, intermediate and far objects, as previously provided by glasses or contact lenses. It can even correct astigmatism.

      What is Clarivu?

      Clarivu™ was the Optegra brand name for its individually tailored, consultant-led vision correction package. Today’s known as Lens Replacement, it is a full package, including pre-assessments, cost of lenses, surgery and aftercare.

      Clarivu eye lens replacement surgery, also known as Refractive Lens Exchange, Refractive Lens Replacement or Clear Lens Surgery, is a procedure where the natural lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This proven procedure has been performed thousands of times and typically takes just 20 minutes per eye.

      Which lens is best for cataract surgery?

      During cataract surgery, the lens that has become cloudy is replaced with an artificial lens.

      Choosing the best implant for cataract surgery depends on your eye conditions. At your pre-operative appointment, the ophthalmologist will discuss the best options with you. The choice will depend on your vision, what glasses you usually use and whether you have a cataract in your other eye. The final choice of lens can usually be altered at any point up to your operation.

      How long does it take to recover from lens replacement surgery?

      Most people return to work around 3 days after having lens replacement surgery, although, this will depend on the nature of your profession. Your vision will gradually improve over the first couple of weeks following our treatment. Providing you do not work in a dusty or smoky environment (which we recommend avoiding for around two weeks after the surgery), you should be able to go back to work after three days, or whenever your eye feels comfortable again.

      Meet your world class lens surgeons

      Our world class consultants are NHS-trained and Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. With hospitals and clinics throughout the country, an Optegra Eye Hospital is never far away. Browse our list of Eye Hospitals and Clinics to find one near you.

      Lens Replacement FAQs

      At Optegra we understand that everyone’s eye health needs are completely different. It is natural to feel nervous or hesitate before your lens replacement treatment, so here are the answers to the most asked questions about lens replacement treatment.

      Typically, your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will not perform the lens replacement procedure on both eyes at the same time. Each eye will require a separate procedure, although they can both generally be done within a few weeks of each other.

      The lens replacement surgery procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is painless. Afterwards, you may experience itching and mild discomfort; this is normal and should disappear in just one or two days.

      Booking your consultation is simple. You can call our freephone number on 0800 086 1064 or book online here.

      Your sight should return a few hours after the operation although it may be blurry for the first couple of days. Vision normally improves quickly over the next week or two, reaching its optimum at 4-6 weeks.

      You are only suitable for lens replacement surgery if you have presbyopia, which usually develops in those over 50 years of age. You can find out more about whether lens replacement surgery is for you here or at a free consultation with a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, who will conduct a detailed eye assessment.

      The lens used in the procedure can focus at different distances, which could give you clearer close up vision but not all patients will be able to stop wearing glasses or contact lenses for all tasks.

      Yes, but it may restrict the range of lenses available to you. Your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will discuss all your options at a free consultation.

      Yes, if you already have a cataract or the beginnings of one it will be removed during the procedure. Lens replacement surgery also prevents you from ever needing cataract surgery.

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