If you're considering having corrective eye surgery, it's important to make sure you're aware of all the options available to you. If you're not suitable for laser eye surgery, you might want to consider lens surgery - but how do you decide?
What is lens surgery?
There are three different types of lens surgery available through Optical Express. These are lens replacement surgery, lens enhancement surgery and cataract surgery.
Lens replacements surgery does just that - during this procedure, you will have the lens of your eye replaced with a synthetic one that will correct your vision. The synthetic material is state-of-the-art, meaning you get the best possible results.
Lens enhancement works in a similar way to lens replacement, but instead the synthetic lens is placed on top of your current lens, and during cataract surgery, a surgeon will remove the lens of your eye that has become clouded, to replace it with a synthetic one.
How long does the procedure last?
When having lens surgery, the actual operation only takes about 15 minutes per eye. You'll need to attend the practice on separate occasions for each eye surgery - usually each eye will be treated one week apart.
Is it painful?
The surgery will be performed under a local anaesthetic, with a light sedation too. While you won't feel pain during the surgery, in order to have the surgery done, the surgeon will need to apply a device to keep your eye open. You may feel slight discomfort during this part, but it should only be mild.
What are the results
The results of lens surgery are usually experienced pretty quickly - within a day of having the surgery. While you'll need to allow a little time for your eyes to properly heal, your surgeon will advise on the types of drops you can use to make this more comfortable.
You'll need to ensure you let your eyes recover before doing anything too intensive on your eyes, like driving or working at a computer, and this will depend on your individual recovery speed. However on average, this is approximately three days (depending on your environment).
What are the costs
While lens surgery can cost a significant amount, it's designed to last for a lifetime. At Optical Express, we have various payment options available, and you can take a look at the prices here.
Are there risks
Lens surgery is a common procedure, but as with any type of surgery, there are risks involved. When you have your initial consultation with Optical Express, the risks will be fully explained, and you can read more about lens surgery safety on our frequently asked questions page.
What are the side effects?
While you may feel a little sensitivity after your surgery, the side effects should not cause much discomfort. You may notice your eyes are slightly more sensitive to light during your recovery period, but this shouldn't last long.
If you're considering lens surgery, and would like more information on the procedure, get in touch with us at Optical Express and we'll be happy to talk through the treatment with you.