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What is lens surgery?

It's simple.

Lens surgery can change your life.

It’s an increasingly popular treatment which can be used to correct both distance and near vision. It’s also used to help people with cataracts, helping them to see the world clearly again.

Often, lens surgery is the most effective way to reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses. Optical Express has been helping people to do just that for more than 15 years.

What types of lens surgery are there?

There are two different types of lens surgery in Ireland; the procedure that we recommend depends upon your specific needs. The first, lens replacement surgery, is also known as refractive lens exchange (RLE) and the second is Phakic intraocular lens (PIOL) surgery. At <span class="no-lb">Optical Express</span>, we offer a variety of premium lenses, so that we can provide the best solution for each patient's individual visual requirements.

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Refractive Lens Exchange

The refractive lens exchange (RLE) procedure replaces the natural lens with a premium synthetic intraocular lens (IOL).

What is RLE?
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Phakic IOL

Phakic IOL is an excellent alternative to laser eye surgery for patients with strong prescriptions.

What is Phakic IOL?

YAG laser treatment

YAG is a supplementary laser treatment for patients that have undergone refractive lens exchange.

What is YAG?
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Presbyopia surgery

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is often the best solution to correct presbyopia.

What is Presbyopia surgery?

Am I suitable for lens surgery?

As many as 85% of people meet our suitability criteria. Try our interactive system to find out if you're a good candidate for surgery.

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How does lens surgery work?

In lens replacement surgery, or refractive lens exchange, the lens of your eye will be replaced with a synthetic one.

Step 1

Your optometrist will apply drops to your eye and give you an anaesthetic. This ensures that you won't feel anything during surgery. You'll also be offered a light sedation by your anesthetist to relax you during your procedure.

Step 2

Your surgeon will create a tiny opening in the surface of your eye, known as the entry point and your new lens will be secured into place.

Step 3

You should now go home to relax. You'll return to the clinic the next day if you are having surgery on your other eye. On your journey to recovery, you may notice blurred vision and glare, but this will improve over time.

What are the benefits of lens surgery?

Lens surgery is safe and effective and can correct both distance and near vision. Patients who have had lens surgery go on to enjoy clearer, sharper vision for the long term.

Live life to the full. Free yourself from glasses and contact lenses, with lens surgery from <span class="no-lb">Optical Express</span>.

Aftercare & recovery

Our complete aftercare programme starts on the day of your lens replacement surgery and is customised to your individual requirements. We check your progress regularly to make sure that your recovery is progressing just as it should. All Optical Express patients also have access to our out-of-hours medical helpline, where a specialist optometrist or surgeon can give you professional advice and help to answer questions on vision or eye health after lens replacement surgery. 

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How much does lens surgery in Ireland cost?

From €3,195 per eye 0% APR for 10 months

Lens surgery provides our patients with excellent vision and reduces the ongoing costs associated with continued purchases of glasses and contact lenses. Each patient undergoing lens surgery is different and as a result, costs vary. We offer a number of payment options and finance plans which can help to spread the cost of this life-changing treatment.

From €3,195 per eye 0% APR for 10 months

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Is lens surgery safe?

Our expert Optical Express surgeons will ensure that your treatment is safe, effective, and as comfortable as possible.

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Why choose Optical Express?

At Optical Express, we've been looking after the health of our patients' eyes for 30 years. Since we opened our first optical practice in 1991, over €400 million has been invested in our clinics and technology, ensuring that our surgeons have access to the most advanced methods in corrective eye surgery.

We understand that every patient is unique and our consultants are on hand to recommend the very best long term solution for your vision.

Optical Express in Ireland provide exceptional clinical expertise, outstanding surgical outcomes and a comprehensive aftercare programme, because we know that having great vision is a key part of a fulfilling and active life.

Optical Express has excellent reviews on TrustPilot.

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