If you are one of the many that suffer from weak or deteriorated eyesight, refractive lens exchange can leave you without the need for wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Why you might need refractive lens exchange

Commonly, those that may consider refractive lens exchange are aged over 50 and are either long or short sighted, as well as require reading glass and have astigmatism (abnormal curve of the eye).

What are the benefits of refractive lens exchange?

Older patients with eyesight that has deteriorated over time will look towards refractive lens exchange treatment. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved sight
  • No requirement for glasses or contact lenses
  • Personalised lens dependent on patient’s measurement and lifestyle

What does refractive lens exchange involve?

The lens inside the eye is changed using Modern Micro-incision Surgery, and a new synthetic lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted. The focusing power of the lens can be chosen to suit the individual’s eye - depending on measurements and lifestyle.

An eye drop anaesthetic, supplemented by an injection in the back of the hand if required, is used to perform the procedure, which typically takes 20 minutes per eye.

Available options include

  • Multifocal lens – contain two or more lens powers to enable you to see at all distances
  • Trifocal lens – these lenses have three regions which correct the distance, intermediate and near vision
  • Toric lens – a lens with different optical power and focus length in two orientations that are perpendicular to each other. Also, one of the surfaces is spherical while the other is shaped like a cap from a torus

Recovery time

To experience the full benefits of refractive lens exchange, it will take between three and six months. During this time, your vision will slowly improve and may be better in some lighting conditions than others.

You will be able to leave the hospital on the day of your treatment and return to work and resume normal activities within a week.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. 

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before making a decision.

Treatment Stage Consultant Fees Hospital Fees
Refractive lens exchange
Initial Consultation £110.00
Pre-op Diagnostics £150.00
Main treatment £3,750.00
Post-discharge care Included
Subtotals £110.00 £3,900.00
Total £4,010.00

The guide price is correct as of 2nd June 2017

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