Reduce your dependence on spectacles


Lens replacement, also known as clear lens exchange and refractive lens exchange, is a permanent corrective procedure for people - typically in their 50s and 60s - who want to gain greater freedom from their spectacles. 


If you are interested in laser eye surgery, rather than refractive lens exchange, click here.


Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is similar to cataract surgery, and with the correct lens choice for an individual may lead to spectacle-independence for both distance and near vision. Astigmatism can also usually be treated at the same time, giving many people the best vision that they have ever had. Laser surgery can sometimes be inappropriate for patients in this age group, the new procedure allowing people a hitherto unavailable treatment option.


Lens replacement is the same, tried and tested technique used in modern, keyhole cataract surgery, which millions of patients worldwide have undergone with superb results. After removal of the lens – effectively preventing a cataract forming in your eye – a new, permanent lens is inserted which corrects the eye’s spectacle prescription from within. A sophisticated multifocal lens then allows you to see clearly for both distance (e.g. driving) and reading – without glasses. 


Patients with cataract can also benefit from these premium multifocal lenses, although this is a technology that is not usually available on the NHS. Please ask your consultant whether your eyes might be suitable for multifocal lenses.


If you have already had cataract surgery but would like to do away with your reading glasses, it’s not too late either. Insertion of a special, 'piggyback' multifocal lens may allow you both clear distance and near vision without glasses.


Mr Simon Madge and Mr Ben While are delighted to offer this corrective procedure for patients from the region. Exact costs will vary between patients, as some will require specially made bespoke lenses to correct astigmatism.


Further information is available in the dedicated information leaflet below.




Lens replacement surgery
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