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Clear lens exchange

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Many people wish to get rid of their glasses or become less dependent on glasses. For most people, treatment takes the form of corneal laser surgery. Not all people are suitable for corneal laser eye surgery, for this group, clear lens exchange provides the solution to their needs.

Clear lens surgery can correct short sightedness, long sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. There are a variety of intraocular lenses that provide different focussing solutions. It is important to identify which is the best solution for you. Each person has different needs. Different solutions will be needed for different people.

Your consultant ophthalmic surgeon will identify your visual needs. A complete ophthalmic examination will be performed. Measurements of your cornea and eye will be performed to analyse the strength of the intraocular lens required for a given focus. Once these measurements have been performed and analysed, it will be possible to say which solutions are suitable for you.

The different types of intraocular lenses include monofocal, multifocal and toric intraocular lenses. Each lens will give a different type of vision and careful consideration needs to be given to which is the right lens for you. Multifocal lenses correct so called presbyopia, (as well as myopia and hyperopia). Presbyopia is the loss of reading vision that occurs with age. Toric lenses correct astigmatism. Monofocal lenses correct underlying focussing errors such as shortsightedness, long sightedness.

This surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and is generally well tolerated. The procedure and recovery are very quick and most people can resume normal activity the day after surgery. Drops are needed for six weeks after the procedure.

A guide to who can have clear lens exchange

You might be suitable if:

  • your presciptions means you are not suitable for laser refractive surgery
  • you are over 50
  • you have an early cataract
  • you are short-sighted, long-sighted, have an astigmatism or presbyopia (inability due to age to focus on near objects)

The most accurate way to confirm your suitability is to book a consultation with our ophthalmic consultant. A full consultation will always be required before you can choose to undergo surgery.

All the lenses we use are premium intraocular lenses made of a synthetic acrylic material with a proven track record.

There are different types of intraocular lenses, for example:

  • A single focal lens (monofocal) will give excellent distance vision, but reading glasses will be required
  • Multifocal intraocular lenses give a range of good vision for all distance - long distance, the computer and for reading - but they may cause other problems, such as glare from oncoming headlights and difficulty driving at night

There are other approaches to solve these reading issues. One eye can be focused for the distance and one eye for reading, which gives virtual independence from glasses and is called monovision. This approach is frequently used for contact lens wearers in the over 50 age group.

We will perform several tests and measurements to help us plan the right approach for you.

How much does it cost?

At Spire Eye Centre, our focus is on quality eye care and our prices reflect the standard of treatment you will receive.

  • Consultation with ophthalmic consultant £218
  • Clear Lens Exchange starts from £2,625 per eye

Interest free finance - 0% representative APR available. Download our information flyer or contact our friendly eye centre team on 0121 580 7171 for more details.