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Everything you need to know about Lens Replacement Surgery

5 February 2020

Lens Replacement Surgery

Lens replacement surgery, also known as clear lens extraction (CLE) or refractive lens exchange surgery (RLE) is a very common procedure used to eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. If you are not suitable for laser eye surgery such as LASIK or PRK, lens replacement surgery might be a good option for you. Here’s a list of everything you need to know about lens replacement surgery.

What is Lens Replacement Surgery?

For those suffering from presbyopia, myopia, astigmatism or cataracts CLE offers a welcome alternative to a lifetime of glasses or contacts. In the CLE procedure, the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).

There are several types of IOLs to accomodate the needs and goals of the patient. IOL available for lens replacement surgery include:

  • Multifocal lenses – that give patients good short and long distance vision
  • Monovision lenses – correct one eye for distance and the other eye for short vision
  • Single focus lenses – correct distance vision, however patients will need to wear glasses for reading
  • Phakic lenses – usually used in patients who are highly short sighted and not suitable for laser refractive surgery

CLE is the same procedure as cataract surgery. The only difference is that CLE replaces a clear lens rather than a lens that has become cloudy due to a cataract.

How much is Lens Replacement Surgery?

CLE costs can vary from patient to patient. Starting from $4,700 for one eye.

Ideally, you will meet with your ophthalmic surgeon first to discuss if CLE is right for you. In the consultation, we will discuss risks, benefits and the exact cost of your procedure. At Hunter Laser Vision we have finance options available.

How successful is Lens Replacement Surgery?

Lens replacement surgery has a high success rate and low chance of risks, which is routinely performed by Dr Singh. The majority of patients have a vast improvement in their vision that lasts a long time, and the procedure does not need to be repeated. Lens replacement surgery can reduce or replace the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Lens replacement surgery is more involved than laser eye surgery and can have a higher risk of complications. However, most sight-threatening complications are rare and most can be treated successfully with medication or additional surgery.

Most people return to work around 3 days after the surgery. Your vision will gradually improve over the next couple of weeks and optimum vision is usually reached around 4-6 weeks after the procedure.

If you’re over 50, you may not be suitable for treatments such as laser eye surgery. CLE surgery is suitable for patients over 50. In fact, it can actually restore a more youthful vision.

If you are thinking about corrective eye surgery, talk to the experts at Hunter Laser Vision first. We’ll be able to determine what procedure will have the best outcomes for you.

Hunter Laser Vision has been specialising in lens replacement surgery for over 20 years. Their extensive experience and training mean they can provide you with the best surgery and post-operative care.

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