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What Is Lens Surgery?

What is Lens Surgery?

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While laser eye surgery may be the most common route to freedom from contact lenses and glasses it is not always suitable for everyone. Lens Surgery is an ever increasingly popular substitute treatment.

There are several different types of Intraocular lens procedures and at Optical Express we have considerable experience and expertise with the procedures so we can advise you the best possible solution for your visual requirements.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

The Implantable Contact Lens treatment involves placing a small lens into the eye with the visual result being similar to that of the traditional use of the contact lens. The major difference being the freedom from removing and replacing the lens on a daily, weekly or even fortnightly basis as the lens will remain there until the patient decides to remove it surgically. They cannot be seen or felt and with a short recovery period ICL treatment is a great option for many people.

Phakic Intraocular Lens (Phakic IOL)

Phakic IOL treatment was specially developed for those with high myopia, hyperopia or even patients with thin corneas. The actual procedure and reversible option make Phakic IOL similar to implantable contact lens and the benefits are experienced instantly.

Cataract Surgery

A cataract forms when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, causing vision to deteriorate. While there are factors that may contribute to the formation of cataracts, this phenomenon is a natural part of the aging process; like greying hair and the loss of close up vision (presbyopia). Cataract surgery is a safe operation, performed on thousands of people each week. Furthermore, over 14 million procedures are performed annually worldwide – that’s more than any other surgical procedure. Recent advances in microsurgical techniques and new developments in IOL treatments favour a successful operation which leads to the restoration of your vision.


Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Refractive Lens Exchange surgery is similar to cataract surgery. In a refractive lens exchange procedure the same lens is removed and replace with a new lens that has your glasses or contact lens prescription in it.

To discover which of these alternative treatments is correct for your visual needs we, at Optical Express, will provide a comprehensive consultation with a specialist optometrist in this field. They will be able to explain the procedures in as much depth as you need while also being able to answer any personal questions.