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What is Lens Surgery?
For the majority of patients under the age of 40 who want freedom from their glasses and contact lenses laser eye surgery is the treatment of choice. For others there is a more suitable option. Lens surgery offers the same visual freedom as laser eye surgery with the additional benefit of being able to correct age related reading vision.  The surgery involves placing a state-of-the-art synthetic lens in the eye to correct poor vision. This sophisticated lens is custom-fit to the exact shape and size of each eye. The new lens works much the same as a contact lens, but is fixed in place.
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Can I have Lens Surgery if I have astigmatism / high prescription?
Yes. Thanks to new technology more and more people are suitable for eye surgery. Even people who have previously been told their prescription is too high or their astigmatism can’t be treated. In fact lens surgery can treat higher prescription and astigmatism levels than laser eye surgery. The only way to determine if you are suitable for corrective eye surgery is to attend a consultation.
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How long does it take to perform Lens Surgery?
The surgery itself takes approximately 15 minutes for each eye. Lens surgery patients will first go to a pre surgery room where an anaesthetist will administer a local anaesthetic and apply drops to your eye while you remain awake. Each eye is treated on different days usually one week apart and there is no need for an overnight stay.
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Is Lens Surgery safe?
The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2020 more than 32 million lens surgeries will take place globally on an annual basis. It is one of the most common surgeries in the world. It is important to understand that any form of surgery has a degree of risk. It is our aim to fully inform you of the risks and benefits of eye surgery. During your consultation you will be shown a video that explains the benefits, risks and potential side effects of eye surgery. This informed consent video will allow you to make a well-informed decision on whether eye surgery is right for you. Less than 1% of patients will develop a complication and the majority of these are easily overcome through a personal aftercare plan. Most people are back at work within a few days. The majority of our patients are extremely happy with their results and wish they had done it sooner.
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Does Lens Surgery hurt?
Lens surgery is performed under a combination of local anaesthetic and light sedation. You will not feel pain during the surgery. An eye holder is applied to keep your eye open and some people have described a mild discomfort as it is applied. A protective shield is placed over the treated eye. Most people describe a mild discomfort and sensitivity to sunlight as the anaesthetic wears off. Typically this only lasts for a few hours and can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
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Will I feel the synthetic lens in my eye?
No. Unlike a contact lens, the lens is situated inside your eye and not on the surface.
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How quickly will I see the results of Lens Surgery?
The majority of patients will notice a significant improvement in the clarity of their vision within 24 hours of having surgery. Focusing on a task like watching television can be aided by the use of lubricating eye drops. It will take a number of weeks for your eyes to completely settle.
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When can I go back to work?
Recovery time varies depending on a number of factors such as treatment type and your working environment. You can return to work as soon as you feel comfortable with your vision. Most people are able to drive and return to work within three days after lens surgery unless their work environment is very dusty or dirty.
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How long does it last?
The sophisticated synthetic lens itself is designed to last a lifetime. It gives a permanent correction of your current prescription. Your eyes can continue to change with age. If your eyes do change then it may mean that glasses will be required in later life. It is possible to have laser eye surgery to further refine your vision.
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Where is my nearest Optical Express clinic?
One of the advantages of choosing Optical Express is that we have the largest number of private clinics in the UK and Ireland. You can be sure to find a clinic close to your own home. Click on the link below to find your nearest clinic.

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