Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)2020-04-21T05:59:05+00:00

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) to help you focus on what matters

ENJOY LIFE WITHOUT CONTACTS OR GLASSES IF YOU’RE 50+
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What is refractive lens exchange (RLE)?

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Who needs refractive lens exchange?

IF YOU’RE OVER 50 AND ANY OF THE CHALLENGES BELOW SOUND FAMILIAR, WE CAN HELP YOU

YOU’RE DEPENDENT ON GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES TO SEE CLEARLY

You’re over 50 and have a refractive error which means you need glasses for reading, near and distance vision.

You experience headaches, eyestrain, fatigue and squinting. This concoction of symptoms can make you feel inconvenienced and irritated. Luckily, glasses can correct these common eye problems. But they come at a cost. The constant cleaning, the de-fogging, the breaking, the switching pairs, pushing them up, taking them off, leaving them behind, the list goes on.

You may not like the look or feel of your glasses, or have to switch between pairs for distance to near vision tasks.

Even contact lenses come with their own set of issues; the dryness, the serious risk of eye infection or computer vision syndrome, and that terrifying moment when one gets lost behind your eye.

There’s no disputing that you should be able to see clearly with the eyes you were born with. With modern refractive surgery, we can correct your eye problem safely and effectively, so that you can obtain the vision you were always supposed to have.

How does refractive lens exchange impact people day by day?

THE BEST THING ABOUT REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE IS…

YOU HAVE BRILLIANTLY CLEAR VISION WITHOUT VISUAL AIDS

We have corrected your visual error, and everything is sharp and in focus. You no longer depend on your glasses and contact lenses to see clearly.

YOU FEEL ALERT, CONFIDENT AND LIBERATED

Glasses are no longer dictating the way you look or getting in the way. Your risk of infection from contact lenses is eliminated. You have the freedom and energy to do anything you want.

YOU ARE NO LONGER INCONVENIENCED BY VISUAL AIDS

Right from the moment you wake up, you can read the time on your phone and watch the morning news without having to reach for your glasses or contacts. You can go out for a run or do some work on your computer without them falling off or harbouring dirt. You can fall into bed after a late-night without having to remove them first.

YOU ARE ABLE TO RECONNECT WITH THE WORLD

Your glasses no longer dominate your appearance. The people you meet will see you as you really are and can no longer make superficial judgements or evaluations. Your world is no longer framed and narrower as a result.

YOU CAN REVEAL YOUR TRUE IDENTITY

With so many safe and effective refractive surgery procedures available, it seems ridiculous to rely on a medical device to see clearly. A more spontaneous, physical and free you is in there, you’ve just got to get off the fence and make it happen.

We are fee-assured by private medical insurance providers

WE ARE PROUD TO BE RECOGNISED BY THE FOLLOWING INSURERS

Samer Hamada and Eye Clinic London enable Londoners to experience relief from their eye problems so they can focus on what matters most.

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How my eye care services work

FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST IN 3 EASY STEPS

STEP 1: CONTACT US

Give us a call or click the button below to request a call back. Contact us one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff and get answers to your questions.

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STEP 2: LET’S MEET

Visit our clinic in London’s Harley Street district and we’ll conduct an examination and consultation to see if we can help.

STEP 3: FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS

Have the confidence of knowing that a caring professional is managing your eye condition so you can focus on matters most.

Happy patients from London and East Grinstead

WHAT MY PATIENTS LOVE ABOUT OUR SERVICE

Annabel Giles

“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Tareq Kasshout

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Timothy Thompson

“Mr Hamada’s Eye Clinic London and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

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Everything you need to know about refractive lens exchange (RLE)

IN THESE TOGGLES YOU WILL FIND THE DETAILS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

Refractive lens exchange is a great treatment for patients over the age of 50 who have one or a combination of myopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, who do not qualify for laser refractive surgery.

Refractive lens exchange is very similar to routine cataract surgery. Once we extract the existing lens, we replace it with a specific intraocular lens that gives you the clear vision you were always intended to have.

The lenses vary from monofocal fixed-focus IOL, multifocal IOL, to accommodative lenses.

After refractive lens exchange, you can live your life free from the inconveniences of glasses and contact lenses.

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Does lens replacement hurt?

Lens replacement is done under topical anaesthesia. Therefore, it not painful at all. Patients rarely complain of any pain during the operation.

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What my patients love about my service

MY PATIENTS ARE MY BEST PROMOTERS

“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Annabel Giles, Lens replacement

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world-class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Tareq Kass Hout, Keratoconus
“I am glad to be with Mr Hamada. I am glad to be examined by Mr Hamada who acts responsibly and professionally. I never had this experience before from a previous ophthalmologist. I am thankful to Mr Hamada for the successful diagnosis and treatment of my case.”
Ghiath Sumainah

“What a Consultant. Dr. Hamada is a man who was born for this profession. As soon as we walked into the room you felt that you had met a man who was gentle and kind. His demeanour was of a man who knew his trade. He speaks in a way that you will understand. He explains exactly what is wrong and the way he will help fix it for you.”

Sam Brock

“My eyes got really sore, tired and gritty feeling this year. It kept getting worse for about 6 months and every time I thought about it, I kept thinking it would eventually go away, but it just didn’t budge. So I want to say a big thank you to eye doctor Mr Samer Hamada who finally sorted me out! Apart from the eye tests I expected, he also took a really personal approach. I appreciate that he asked questions about my whole diet and lifestyle which helped him to quickly figure out why my eye surface was inflamed. I now have simple steps I can take to reduce the inflammation through diet and lifestyle changes which I’ve now been doing for 2 weeks. I also have been using the special non-preservative eye drops and gels that Mr Hamada provided. My eyes are already feeling so much better and I’m so relieved to have had help to sort this out. If you’ve been noticing your eyes getting dry – don’t wait to sort it out as it keeps getting continually worse and you can find relief very quickly with the right help.”

Laura Livesey, Dry eye

“Mr Hamada’s London Eye Care and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

Timothy Thompson

“We saw Mr Hamada after our 14-year-old son was diagnosed with keratoconus by another specialist. Mr Hamada talked us through the pros and cons of the cxl epi off and epi on procedures, he answered all our many and detailed questions without rushing us and as openly and honestly as possible. We opted to go ahead with cxl epi off with Mr Hamada. Our experience with Mr Hamada and his team, from his incredibly informative and supportive Secretary Joanna, nurse Mimi and Mr Hamada himself who was incredibly reassuring and put us and our son at ease both before, during and after the procedure, and at each follow-on appointment, has been the best possible. I would go so far as to say that he and his team are by far the best medical team I have ever experienced. I recommend him highly and would be happy to speak to anyone considering an expert in this field.”

Lisa & George, Keratoconus

“I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Hamada and his team. From the first call to inquire about booking an appointment to booking it, I was so impressed with his wonderful secretary Joanna- she really is worth her weight in gold, her lovely manner and care made me decide to go for this clinic. Dr Hamada was a lovely man with a very kind and thorougher way about him – he put my 4-year-old daughter at ease. The appointment was lengthy but at no point were we rushed and able to ask as many questions- things were explained so well. I would have no hesitation at all to recommend anyone to use Dr Hamada and his team- I have already recommended to some other parents.”

Amy

“Mr Hamada, his assistant Joanna and his ophthalmic technicians provide a caring, efficient and high quality service. From the admin through to the surgical aftercare we were very well looked after and we had a high degree of confidence in Mr Hamada’s abilities. Our daughter’s cataracts have been corrected (under general anaesthetic) and her quality of life has improved substantially. You also feel well cared for throughout – the human touch is vital in healthcare, but not always delivered, so well done and thanks to all of the team.”

Nat & Rich
“We were referred to Dr.Hamada by one of the UK experts. The expert himself admitted that Dr.Hamada was better than him!! We were not disappointed at all. Dr. Hamada was excellent with my child. His communication skills and knowledge were exemplary. He gave us clear management plan and would not hesitate to recommend him.”
V Nama
“Dr Hamada is an excellent, highly competent doctor with a very kind and sympathetic manner. His reputation for successfully treating dry eye patients seems unparalleled. His team are all extremely friendly and helpful, especially Dr Hamada’s PA Joanna, making the overall experience better than anywhere else I’ve been!”
Isla Cully, Dry eye
“Appointment setting and follow-up were very efficient and well managed. Mr Hamada was kind, reassuring, knowledgeable and had a very warm manner with my young son, making him instantly feel at ease. I feel that we can trust him and that he will finally be able to solve my son’s long-term eye problems that have stumped other eye doctors.”
Kathryn
“A real care provider – true in letter and spirit. After having seen few other consultants we were lucky to see Mr. Hamada. He treated my mother’s eyes and the prolonged inflammation finally went away. My mother went on to receive a corneal graft. Mr. Hamada and his clinic are simply wonderful. Their response is immediate every time even if it’s the weekend. Mr. Hamada puts a lot of personal attention answering every question very patiently and alleviating any fears. His manner is so kind that puts his patients completely at ease. This caring trait continues in the rest of his staff especially his assistant Joanna. I really can’t thank them enough. I thoroughly recommend anyone with eye problems to go to Mr. Hamada. You couldn’t be in better hands. He has treated my mother who is a long sufferer of eye problems. I am grateful always to Mr. Hamada and Joanna for all the support they have provided throughout.”
Charmaine Ghafur

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Helpful links to more information on refractive errors and surgery

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION FROM TRUSTED AUTHORITIES

This article has everything you need to know about refractive errors. What they are, the causes, symptoms, and more. Click here for more information.

A great overview of refractive errors, including the risk factors and causes. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in learning about all the possible treatments for refractive errors, this article should be extremely beneficial to you. Click here for more information.

This article on WebMD gives an introduction to vision problems, as well as many different refractive error links that can be useful in determining your next steps. Click here for more information.

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About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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