Restore your vision with lens replacement surgery from UK’s highest rated eye surgeon
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- Refractive lens exchange
- Lens replacement surgery
- Types of surgery
- Phakic IOL surgery
- YAG capsulotomy
- Why Mr Hove?
Refractive lens exchange
For many people, lens replacement (sometimes known as refractive lens exchange or natural lens replacement) is the most practical option to improve their vision. It’s most effective for patients who are aged 45 or over.
Lens replacement can be an excellent choice for people who aren’t suitable for laser eye surgery. It lets them live their life independant of the restrictions that glasses and contact lenses can bring.
During the procedure, your natural lens is removed and replaced with a premium synthetic one. This corrects problems with your vision, including cataracts. As there are many types of synthetic lenses available, Mr Hove will recommend one that’s most suitable for you
Lens replacement surgery
Refractive lens exchange, also called lens replacement surgery or natural lens replacement, may be a better option than laser eye surgery for people with presbyopia (need glasses to read) and high hyperopia (farsightedness).
Refractive lens exchange (RLE) replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your refractive error and achieve sharper focus, reducing or eliminating your need for reading glasses or bifocals.
Types of lens surgery
There are two different types of lens surgery; the procedure that Mr Hove recommend’s 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.
Mr Hove offers a variety of premium lenses, so that he can provide the best solution for each patient’s individual visual requirements.
Refractive lens exchange
Phakic IOL surgery places a premium synthetic lens in front of your existing lens, correcting your vision much like a traditional contact lens, but from within your eye. This new lens will correct your vision and reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses.
Refractive lens exchange gives excellent results, but in the months or years that follow treatment, patients may notice that their vision is fading. This is a common side effect of refractive lens exchange and is caused by the thickening of the lens capsule in which the new lens sits. This thickening causes vision to become hazy, but can be easily treated.
The best way to do this is with YAG laser treatment, a non-invasive surgery which returns your vision to the level it reached after your initial lens replacement pro
As one the few refractive surgeons with experience of doing both eyes on the same day, Mr Hove has performed over 2000 lens replacement procedures. He prides himself on being very transparent about what to expect and the risks and the benefits of the procedure. Recovery is swift with most patients driving within a couple of days and are back to work within 3 days. The ambience in theatre is enhanced with an eclectic choice of music relaxing both the patient and the team.
How does it work?
Lens surgery deals with the natural lens in your eye, which either needs to be enhanced with an additional synthetic lens, or to be replaced. This lens treatment improves your vision to reduce or eliminate your reliance on glasses and contact lenses.
The two things that cause your prescription to change are the shape of you cornea (front window of the eye) and the shape of your crystalline lens. Your crystalline lens will be replaced with a plastic lens (refractive lens exchange) which will never change power but you cornea will still change over time noticeably after 15-25 years.
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How much does it cost?
The cost of your lens surgery depends on the type of treatment you need, your prescription, and your personal requirements. A range of payment and financing options, which can help to spread the cost. Mr Hove will provide you with information on costs at your consultation.
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What can I expect?
Lens surgery deals with the natural lens in your eye, which either needs to be enhanced with an additional synthetic lens, or to be replaced. This lens treatment improves your vision to reduce or eliminate your reliance on glasses and contact lenses. Unlike contact lenses, which sit on the surface of your eye, a synthetic lens is placed inside it, so you won’t feel a thing.
We recommend to our lens surgery patients that they wait three days before returning to work. However, as every patient is different, your surgeon will make the best recommendations for you depending on your recovery time and work environment.
Typically both are done on the same day taking 25 minutes to do both (5 minutes turn around between eyes).