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What is Lens Replacement Surgery?

Lens replacement surgery (or RLE) is a vision correction technique for patients who are frustrated with deteriorating vision.

The surgery comprises of the removal of the natural lens in your eye and the implementation of an ICL (Implantable Contact Lens). ICLs are a permanent correction to your vision, in the same way as external contact lenses except that they are placed inside your eye. Key benefit of Lens Replacement is that patients won’t suffer from cataract in the future as the ICL lasts an entire life.

Who Qualifies for Natural Lens Replacement?

Lens replacement surgery is ideal for patients who are diagnosed with:

  • 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 About The Procedure?

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. Serious loss of vision is significantly more common after lens replacement surgery than laser eye surgery. But this affects approximately 1 in 500 patients in the world. Risks and complications can be reduced by choosing a high-quality lens replacement provider.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of lens replacement surgery depends on the treatment that was prescribed by your ophthalmologist:

  • Lens Replacement (IOL) costs £3,495 per eye*
  • Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) costs £3,495 per eye*
  • Presbyond costs £2,495 per eye

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.

Important Information:

* Lens Replacement and ICL at Central London costs £3,595

* Lens replacement surgery is not covered by the NHS as alternatives exist such as glasses or contact lenses

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 s a full package, including pre-assessments, cost of lenses, surgery and aftercare.

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.

Meet Your World Class Lens Surgeon

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.

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It’s a chance to hear from our dedicated consultants and ask questions, to learn more about the full spectrum of innovative procedures we offer under one roof, and to receive a tour of the specialist eye hospital where you will be looked after. It’s a chance to see more.

Lens Replacement FAQs

Lens replacement surgery 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.

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.

Booking your consultation is simple. You can call our freephone number on 0800 358 0825 or book online here. Alternatively you could attend one of our open evenings with a consultant surgeon and have all your questions answered and take a tour of the hospital.

Providing you do not work in a dusty or smoky environment (which we recommend avoiding for around two weeks after lens replacement surgery), you should be able to go back to work after three days, or whenever your eye feels comfortable again.

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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