IOL-VIP is a treatment for dry AMD.

What does IOL-VIP involve?

The IOL-VIP (intra ocular lens for visually impaired people) is an implant lens system inserted into the eye in an operation similar to cataract surgery. It has been developed to improve central vision in patients with moderate to severe visual loss resulting from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

In standard cataract extraction, the opaque natural lens is replaced with a single clear plastic lens. In IOL-VIP surgery, two small plastic lenses are inserted into the eye, which together, give a telescopic effect.

Step 1: Your in-depth consultation

Following a detailed assessment, your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will discuss the best course of treatment for you. The same consultant will carry out your procedure and your checks at follow-up appointments.

Step 2: Before the procedure

Treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic to numb the eye and keep it still. If you are particularly anxious, you may be offered sedation. You will be awake during the operation and aware of some movement and touch, but the procedure will be painless.

Step 3: During the IOL-VIP surgery

The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed and a sterile cover placed over your eye and face, which will be lifted off your mouth so you can breathe easily. Your eyelids will be gently held open, although they will feel closed.

You will see little of what is happening during surgery, but we will explain what we are doing as the operation goes along and the theatre staff will help you relax.

Surgery begins with lens extraction, as used in standard cataract removal. This is known as phacoemulsification. The IOL-VIP surgery then involves implanting one lens behind the iris and a second in front. Together, these lenses act as a tiny telescope and also move the image onto a less damaged part of the retina. You will not be able to feel either of the new lenses.

Step 4: Rest and recovery

After the operation you will be taken to the recovery lounge to rest with a pad and plastic shield covering the operated eye to remain in place overnight.

You will be given antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to take home and full aftercare instructions.

Step 5: Your aftercare

Your consultant will see you for a follow-up consultation to check on your progress, assess the results and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with an emergency contact number so that if you do experience any unexpected symptoms, you can contact us.

Am I suitable?

Each patient will be individually assessed in-depth and advised on their suitability for IOL-VIP treatment.

Am I suitable for IOL-VIP surgery?

IOL-VIP (intraocular lens for visually impaired people) is a treatment often considered by those who suffer from dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Unlike a standard cataract extraction, in which your natural lens is replaced with a single artificial lens, two small lenses are inserted to give a telescopic effect. Designed to improve central vision, it’s a quick, straight-forward procedure that can improve your quality of life.

To assess your eligibility for the IOL-VIP procedure, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our ophthalmic surgeons. They will identify if IOL-VIP surgery is the best treatment option for you. The general requirements include:

  • You have dry AMD or stable wet AMD
  • You have exhausted all drug-related treatment
  • You have moderate to severe loss of vision caused by AMD

It is also worth noting that unlike the IMT (implantable miniature telescope) procedure, you may still be eligible for the IOL-VIP treatment if you have had cataract surgery.

At Optegra, we understand that every patient is different, so we won’t know if the IOL-VIP surgery is right for you until you meet with our specialists for a unique consultation. Book a free private appointment today to discuss your individual circumstances with our experts, or attend one of our open days where our dedicated eye health specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The cost of the IOL-VIP treatment at Optegra

At Optegra, we firmly believe that clear vision should be possible for everyone. Our pricing plans are always openly displayed with no hidden costs or extras, so what you see is what you pay.

With IOL-VIP surgery, we have a fixed, single cost per eye. This price covers the entire process – from your initial consultation right through to your aftercare programme.

Intra Ocular Lens for Visually Impaired People (IOL-VIP): £7,750 per eye

At Optegra, we understand that each patient’s lifestyle is different, which is why we offer a number of payment plans and finance options to suit every budget. Book a no-obligation consultation with one of our surgeons to discuss the right options for you. Alternatively, you can attend one of our nationwide open evenings to ask our specialists any questions you may have.

IOL-VIP surgery customer reviews

Although our IOL-VIP surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, we are dedicated to making sure that every one of our patients receives world-class services at our dedicated eye hospitals.

To streamline your treatment with us, the ophthalmic surgeon who performs your in-depth consultation with will also carry out your procedure, as well as all your post-surgery checks. Not only is this to ensure that you receive the best care possible, but we know that seeing a familiar face will help you feel more relaxed. We are committed to taking care of every aspect of your treatment. If you have any worries or concerns, we are here to reassure you and answer all of your questions, from your consultation through to your aftercare.

We understand the importance of your own aftercare programme. All patients receiving IOL-VIP treatment are provided with an emergency contact number should they encounter any unexpected symptoms once they have been discharged.

Between our consultant’s extensive knowledge, our innovative technology and our dedication to our patients’ experience, we’re confident that you will receive a smooth and world-class service while you are looked after at Optegra. But don’t just take our word for it – we have been rated by our patients as the UK’s most trusted eye hospital. See for yourself and read their experiences with us, in their own words.


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