Although one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world, lens replacement still appears to be one of the best kept secrets in vision correction. There are currently over 3 million people in the UK & Europe enjoying the benefits of a glasses-free life as a result of undergoing lens replacement surgery.
If you’ve been wearing glasses or contact lenses for a long time and have been turned down for laser eye surgery, you are not alone! An alternative vision correction treatment known as lens replacement may allow you to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Also known as Refractive Lens Exchange, Refractive Lens Replacement or Clear Lens Surgery, this short painless procedure is carried out as a day case treatment at Shawfair Park Hospital. The eye’s natural lens is gently removed from the eye and is permanently replaced by an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The whole procedure takes around 20 minutes to perform and is carried out under local anaesthetic using just drops (the ‘no needles’ technique).
The procedure is actually very similar to the process that takes place when a patient has their cataract removed. Ultrasound waves are used to gently break down the eyes natural lens so it can be replaced with a monofocal or toric lens. This does result in improved vision, firstly because the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear one and secondly because the monofocal lens is measured to provide good distance vision. However, reading glasses will be required for close up focusing.
At Laser Vision Scotland, lenses are chosen to suit your vision and your lifestyle. Artificial replacement lenses called multifocals and trifocals provide the benefit of being able to focus on near, mid-distance and far objects. Your eye surgeon and dedicated optometrist will assess your individual needs to ensure your new lenses provide sharp vision, or as near to ideal as possible.
Benefits of lens replacement:
- The vision correction is permanent
- It can correct high levels of astigmatism.
- Great for patients at high risk of developing cataracts in the future.
- Cataract surgery can be combined with vision correction
- Individuals who suffer from visual problems and aren’t suitable for laser eye surgery.
Lens replacement can be used to correct a wide range of visual errors, including: