Lens replacement surgery

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If you pinned your hopes on laser eye surgery, only to find you were unsuitable, then lens replacement surgery could be the life changing procedure for you.

Having lens replacement surgery involves the removal of the natural lens and replacement with a new, artificial lens. Your surgeon will tailor the new lens to you as an individual and look at a variety of factors including age, lifestyle and spectacle prescription.
95% of patients are satisfied with the outcome of lens replacement surgery, and many describe it as life changing.
Find out how much lens replacement surgery costs on our pricing page, or contact us now to book your consultation.
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Toric lens implants

If you suffer from astigmatism, you could benefit from toric lens implants. Implanted toric lenses work by counteracting the effects of astigmatism. Just like the astigmatic cornea, they have a rugby ball shaped lens surface that is positioned by the surgeon inside the eye, so that it cancels out the effect of the rugby ball shaped corneal surface.
Toric implants can be used for patients who have cataracts, or who need to wear glasses all the time. Toricity can be added to standard lens implants or to multifocal lens implants, giving you plenty of flexibility and choice.

Multifocal lens surgery

For nearly 20 years, multifocal lens implants have been a great option for patients undergoing cataract surgery or vision correction.

Multifocal lenses are also known as Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses – ATIOL’s, and these lenses have distance and near focus built into them. They are designed to allow good vision for all distances, so you won’t need to wear glasses anymore. You won’t need to tilt your head up and down to see from near to distance either. There are a wide range of multifocal lenses on the market, all subtly different from each other. Our Laser Vision Scotland surgeons have extensive experience of these different lenses, and will match the right lens to your eyes and lifestyle.

If you’re unsuitable for multifocal lenses, we may recommend monovision lens surgery instead.
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To find out which type of cataract surgery will give you the best results, make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants today.

What to expect

While the type of surgery you need may vary depending on your unique requirements, the procedure tends to be similar for most patients. 

The Laser Vision Scotland staff in both our Edinburgh and Glasgow clinics will make your stay both comfortable and informative, and will always be available to answer your questions. To view the pricing for Lens Replacement Surgery at our Edinburgh location, please click here.

Your consultation

Consultation

At your initial assessment we encourage you to spend time with your surgeon and discuss your hopes and expectations, your concerns and fears. Everyone is apprehensive prior to eye surgery, so part of our job is to earn your trust and confidence in us so we can make the experience as positive as possible.

Question time

Your initial consultation will provide you and your surgeon with an in-depth understanding of your vision. We’ll carry out extensive eye tests and look at the data to make an informed decision on the best treatment for you. We can also book your treatment date and give you all the pre-treatment advice you need.

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Consultation

At your initial assessment we encourage you to spend time with your surgeon and discuss your hopes and expectations, your concerns and fears. Everyone is apprehensive prior to eye surgery, so part of our job is to earn your trust and confidence in us so we can make the experience as positive as possible.

Question time

Your initial consultation will provide you and your surgeon with an in-depth understanding of your vision. We’ll carry out extensive eye tests and look at the data to make an informed decision on the best treatment for you. We can also book your treatment date and give you all the pre-treatment advice you need.

Lens replacement

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The procedure

Appointment

On the day of surgery, you’ll see your surgeon again to confirm the consent process, and complete mandatory presurgical safety checks. Bring a friend or family member to drive you to and from the appointment, as you won’t be able to drive until you can see clearly again.​

Time

The procedure itself takes around 10 minutes and you’ll be awake throughout. You’ll see bright lights, vivid colours and swirling water but no detail of what’s happening. Lens replacement surgery may be uncomfortable due to pressure changes in your eye, but it is not normally painful.​

Procedure

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Treatment

Prior to treatment we’ll give you antibiotic eye drops to use, and ask that you do not use any contact lenses for a set period of time before the treatment. It’s also essential that you don’t use any makeup, facial products, perfume or aftershave on the day of your laser surgery.

Time

The procedure itself takes around 10 minutes and you’ll be awake throughout. You’ll see bright lights, vivid colours and swirling water but no detail of what’s happening. Lens replacement surgery may be uncomfortable due to pressure changes in your eye, but it is not normally painful.​

Procedure

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Aftercare

Post treatment

After the procedure you can see straight away, although your vision may be blurred for a day or two. You’ll have a clear plastic shield over your eye for one day, which will be removed when you start using drops. You will be given antibiotic drops to use for one week and steroid drops to use for 4 weeks.​

LVS care

At Laser Vision Scotland patient care is at the heart of everything we do. Our surgeons are available to speak at any time, before or after treatment, and welcome you to contact them with any questions or concerns.

Information

We’ll give you plenty of information about what type of activities you should avoid while your eyes are healing, as well as the contact details of your surgeon in case you have any questions or concerns.

Post treatment

After the procedure you can see straight away, although your vision may be blurred for a day or two. You’ll have a clear plastic shield over your eye for one day, which will be removed when you start using drops. You will be given antibiotic drops to use for one week and steroid drops to use for 4 weeks.​

LVS care

At Laser Vision Scotland patient care is at the heart of everything we do. Our surgeons are available to speak at any time, before or after treatment, and welcome you to contact them with any questions or concerns.

Information

We’ll give you plenty of information about what type of activities you should avoid while your eyes are healing, as well as the contact details of your surgeon in case you have any questions or concerns.

FAQs

Lens replacement surgery starts at a cost of £3190 per eye. Depending on the type of lens implants you choose, the cost could be up to £3960 per eye. This is for trifocal toric lenses. Occasionally a more specialist lens is required which costs slightly more than £4000.
In lens replacement surgery, a tiny incision is made on the surface of the eye. The natural lens of the eye is dissolved with ultrasound and then removed via the small incision. A new artificial intraocular lens in then inserted. The small incision repairs over a few days. At Laser Vision Scotland, your surgery will always be carried out by a consultant ophthalmologist.
Lens replacement surgery is very safe. However, like all surgery, lens replacement surgery is not without risks. These are rare and infrequent but include vision not improved as much as expected, glare or halo effects, soreness / itching and lens clouding. Other side effects such as infection tend to be very rare affecting around 0.03% of cases. You surgeon will always discuss risks of surgery with you before treatment is considered. Most of the risks can be reduced by choosing the right clinic and the right consultant ophthalmologist.
No, unfortunately the NHS cannot provide lens replacement for vision correction. In the UK, you will need to choose a private provider for this type of surgery.
Yes, the procedure for lens replacement and cataract surgery are exactly the same. The lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. An added benefit of lens replacement surgery is that you will never require cataract surgery as there is no natural lens left on which a cataract could form.
Recovery from lens replacement surgery is fast. Within a few days your vision should be better than before surgery. It can take a while for you eyes and brain to fully assimilate to the new lenses so vision tends to keep improving over the first few weeks after surgery – with optimal vision after 4 – 6 weeks.
Yes, lens replacement surgery is permanent. As the procedure involves removal of the natural lens, an artificial lens will always be required to takes its place.
Yes, it is safe to remove a lens after cataract surgery but it does come with risks. Your surgeon would discuss these with you before surgery. Removal of a lens is usually requested when vision is still blurry after lens replacement. The selection of lens is made on a number of measurements taken prior to surgery. These are dependent on factors such as eyeball length, corneal curvature and lens position. All surgeons have to explant lens implants at some point in their career due to improper lens power or complications from the new lens. This is not a common occurrence but if your ophthalmologist feels that the power is wrong then you can certainly consider explantation and exchange of the lens.
This really depends on the type of lenses you choose for your surgery. Most people still need to wear glasses for some activities after surgery. But those who choose trifocal lenses may be completely glasses free as they are able to correct both near (myopia) and far-sighted vision (presbyopia / hyperopia). Whichever lenses you choose, your vision should see a significant improvement.
Most people choose to undergo treatment under local anaesthetic so you would be awake during surgery. If you feel particularly nervous, your doctor can prescribe you a sedative to help you relax. General anaesthetic is available though. Your consultant will be happy to discuss this with you during your initial consultation.
If you are looking for vision correction then lens replacement may be the right procedure for you but it depends on a number of factors. Age, lifestyle and your eyes prescription will all be considered when your surgeon is looking at what is most suitable for you. Lens replacement surgery is usually preferable for individuals over 40 years, whereas laser eye surgery or implantable contact lenses may be more suitable if you are younger. This will all be discussed at your consultation.

Yes, Laser Vision Scotland is able to offer 0% finance through the private hospitals that we work with. Both BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare offer ‘pay monthly’ options. Our team will be happy to discuss these with you if you would like to consider this option.

Laser Vision Scotland surgeons are specialists in refractive and intraocular surgery. Our surgeons perform over 2,000 eye surgeries every year, such as lens replacement and cataract surge.
Aftercare differs between clinics but at our Laser Vision Scotland clinic you will have close contact with your surgeon. You will receive his personal phone number and email address so you can make direct contact if you have any concerns. You will also return for at least one follow up appointment to ensure you are completely happy with your new vision. Your surgeon will also determine your new prescription which they will share in writing with your own optometrist / optician. We aim to reach at least 20/20 vision for all our patients and are delighted to say that the vast majority leave our clinics extremely happy.

Are you suitable?

If you’d like to find out more about lens replacement surgery, or find out if you are suitable for the procedure, contact us today to arrange your consultation.
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