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What is Lens Surgery?
Laser eye surgery is normally the treatment of choice for most people under 40 who are looking to reduce their need for glasses or contact lenses.  However, if you’re over the age of 40, it may not be the best choice when it comes to correcting your vision— lens surgery is an excellent alternative.
The vision correction benefits of lens surgery are very similar to that of laser eye surgery, with the added benefit of correcting age-related reading problems.
The treatment places a tiny, state-of-the-art synthetic lens in your eye, correcting your poor vision. It works in a similar way to a contact lens, but it is fixed in place and is made to your exact prescription and the size/shape of your eye. 
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Can I have Lens Surgery if I have astigmatism / high prescription?
Thanks to development of new technology and medical expertise, more people than ever are suitable for lens surgery. This means that you might be suitable for lens surgery treatment— even if you were told that your prescription was too high or your astigmatism couldn’t be treated previously.  The only way to find out if you’re suitable for treatment is to attend a free consultation. 
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How long does it take to perform Lens Surgery?
It normally takes around 20 minutes per eye for lens surgery to be performed. First of all you’ll be led to a pre-surgery room and given a local anaesthetic which will help to reduce any discomfort you feel during the treatment. There isn’t a need to stay overnight after the treatment and each eye is treated on a different day (usually a week apart)
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Is Lens Surgery safe?
Lens surgery is the most common elective treatment worldwide. It’s important to be aware of the fact that any form of surgery carries an element of risk however. The majority of our patients don’t develop complications from treatment however. Even then, most of these can be easily overcome through a personal aftercare plan. Most patients are extremely happy with the results of lens surgery and are back at work within a few days. 
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Does Lens Surgery hurt?
Lens surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you usually won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Surprisingly, some patients say the most uncomfortable part of the surgery is when the eye holder is applied to keep your eye open— not during the actual treatment itself. After the surgery, a protective shield will be put over your treated eye. As the anaesthetic wears off, your eye is likely to feel sensitivity to sunlight but this will only last for a few hours. 
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Will I feel the synthetic lens in my eye?
Unlike a contact lens which sits on the surface of your eye, a synthetic lens is actually inside your eye. This means that you won’t feel a thing once it’s there. 
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How quickly will I see the results of Lens Surgery?
While it can take a couple of weeks for your eyes to completely settle and get used to their new lenses, some patients can notice a significant improvement in their clarity of vision within a few days of having the treatment. 
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When can I go back to work?
Whilst recovery time can depend on a number of factors, most patients are able to drive and return to work within three days after lens surgery. Obviously, this is dependent on the type of environment you work in— if your workplace is very dusty or dirty, expect to return to work a few days later. 
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How long does it last?
The sophisticated synthetic lens that is used in lens surgery is designed to last a lifetime. It doesn’t degrade and it gives a permanent correction of your current prescription. Your eyes can continue to change with age however. If this happens, as you get older, you might need glasses. 
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Where is my nearest Optical Express clinic?
Optical Express is one of the leading private providers of lens replacement surgery in the UK and in Ireland. This means that you can be sure to find a clinic close to you.  Click on the link below to find your nearest clinic now. 

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