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Lens Replacement Surgery

What you need to know

In some cases patients are more suitable for a lens replacement procedure over a laser refractive procedure. Candidates for this type of procedure are usually either patients with a higher prescription or those who have age deterioration in their natural lens.

Lens replacement surgery is a safe and highly effective treatment. It is often used as an alternative to LASIK or PRK. Various lenses are used to help patients achieve different results.

Multifocal Intraocular Lenses

One group of lenses is multifocal or trifocal intraocular lens. This type of artificial lens can give patients a good range of vision at all distances without having to rely on glasses. Patients can experience glare and halos around lights at nighttime, however in the vast majority of cases these become less bothersome over time.

Monovision Intraocular Lenses

An alternative option to multifocal intraocular lenses is monovision correction where we use a single focus lens and correct one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. Monovision or blended vision works very well for many patients.

Single Focus Intraocular Lenses

Some patients because of their occupation opt to have very good vision for distance in both of their eyes. Single focus ocular lenses tend not to have glare or halo, however patients will need to wear glasses for reading.

Phakic Intraocular Lenses

Some patients who are not suitable for laser refractive surgery and possibly too young for a lens replacement surgery (lens extraction surgery) may be suitable for a phakic intraocular lens implant.  These are usually used in patients who are highly short sighted and in some patients who have irregular corneas (keratoconus and pellucid marginal degeneration).  Dr Singh is specially accredited to use STAAR EVO intraocular lenses which have a 20 year history worldwide use and an excellent track record for safety and visual outcomes.

Lens Implant surgery and post-operative care

All lens based procedures are day surgeries where one eye will be operated on at a time.  During the procedure, the lens inside the eye is removed and replaced with a new artificial lens.

During recovery vision can take a few days to improve, most patients are fine to drive after this period.  For two weeks after the surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting and stay out of dirty, dusty environments. You’ll also need to keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming.

For the vast majority of patients improvements to their vision last a very long time and the procedure does not need to be repeated or adjusted.

Hunter Laser Vision has been providing corrective eye surgery for over 20 years. Our years of experience and training mean we can provide you with the best in corrective eye surgery. We are committed to patient satisfaction at every step.

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