Refractive lens exchange is a practical option for many patients. It is most effective for patients aged 45 or over and is often an excellent choice for people who aren't suitable for laser eye surgery, but who don't want their lives to be restricted by wearing contact lenses and glasses.
Refractive lens exchange removes your natural lens and replaces it with a premium synthetic one to correct vision problems, including cataracts.
There are many types of premium synthetic intraocular lenses available and your surgeon will recommend the best option for you.
Patients should not drive after surgery, so it's recommended that you arrange suitable transportation and that someone accompanies you to both your treatment and to your follow-up appointment.
Your surgeon will greet you before your surgery takes place and go through each step of your procedure with you. You'll also have the opportunity to ask any questions about your treatment.
Your optometrist will apply drops to your eye and give you an anaesthetic. This ensures that you won't feel anything during surgery. You'll also be offered a light sedation by your anesthetist to relax you during your procedure.
Your surgeon will make a small incision into the surface of your eye and gently insert a tiny probe to enable the safe removal of your lens.
Once your natural lens has been removed, your new synthetic lens can be put in place.
Once your synthetic lens is inserted, it simply unfolds and adopts a natural position in your eye.
Once your anaesthetic has worn off, you may experience some temporary discomfort. Your surgeon will be able to offer advice on how best to manage this.
You should now return home and relax. You'll return to the clinic the next day if you are having surgery on your other eye. On your journey to recovery, you may notice blurred vision and glare, but this will improve over time.
You will have next day, one month and three month appointments following surgery. We also recommend that you attend annual or bi-annual eye examinations, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy.
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