What types of lens surgery are available?

Optical Express offers a number of life-changing lens treatments.

The one that is right for you depends on a range of different factors. Book a free, no obligation appointment for a consultation with us, so that we can recommend the best option.

Types of lens surgery available

  • Refractive Lens Exchange

    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.

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  • Presbyopia surgery

    Presbyopia is an age-related condition which affects everyone at some point in life. If you suffer from presbyopia, lens surgery could be the perfect solution.

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  • Phakic IOL

    Phakic IOL surgery places a premium synthetic lens in front of your existing lens, correcting your vision much like a traditional contact lens, but from within your eye.

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  • YAG laser treatment

    In some cases YAG laser treatment may be required to return your vision to the level it reached after your initial lens replacement procedure.

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How does lens surgery work?

In lens replacement surgery, or refractive lens exchange, the lens of your eye will be replaced with a synthetic one.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Your surgeon will create a tiny opening in the surface of your eye, known as the entry point and your new lens will be secured into place.

Step 3

You should now go home to 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.

How does lens surgery differ from laser eye surgery?

We offer a number of corrective eye treatments at Optical Express. Some patients may not be suitable for laser eye surgery and so lens surgery may be recommended instead. Other patients may be suitable for both laser and lens procedures, with a lens option being the most suitable when the patient's clinical and lifestyle requirements are taken into consideration.

With laser eye surgery the cornea, which is the outer window of the eye, is gently reshaped to improve vision. When undergoing lens surgery, the lens of your eye is either enhanced or replaced.

Lens surgery is a groundbreaking treatment which can overcome a range of eye conditions including long sightedness, short sightedness, presbyopia, astigmatism and cataracts.

As we age, our vision naturally deteriorates. This means that lens surgery is most effective for many patients over the age of 45.

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A monofocal lens focuses vision at one distance.

  • Toric monofocal lenses are suitable for patients with astigmatism

  • If you have a monofocal lens to improve distance vision, you may still need glasses for reading or for close-up work

  • If you have a monofocal lens to improve your near vision, you may still require glasses when driving

From £1,995 /per eye

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A multifocal lens allows you to see objects at short and long distances.

  • A multifocal lens will provide exceptional long and short vision

  • The majority of patients who have multifocal lenses don't need to wear glasses

  • Multifocal lenses can have an effect on your quality of vision, especially at night. Your optometrist and surgeon will discuss this with you

From £3,195 /per eye

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