This procedure is offered at Eye Clinic London by our highly skilled eye surgeons. Refractive lens exchange surgery replaces the natural clear lens (or with very early cataract, preventing the natural lens developing a more advanced cataracts) with an artificial intraocular lens to give you sharper focus.
It is especially good for patients with high myopia or presbyopia and is better alternative to laser refractive surgery. It is an option where laser refractive surgery is not indicated or not able to correct vision such as in young patients with high levels of long-sightedness (>+6.0 diopters).
The surgery is very similar to routine cataract surgery but the difference is that the lens is clear and not cloudy as in the eye with cataract. As in cataract surgery, various intraocular lenses can be implanted after clear (refractive) lens extraction.
These vary from monofocal fixed-focus IOL to multifocal IOL to accommodative lenses. By using refractive lens exchange surgery, long-sighted patients can discard their reading glasses that can significantly improve their quality of life for a small cost. Our UK-based leading refractive surgeons in London have high success rates in delivering clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses for patients with marked hyperopia.