Lens replacement surgery
Lens surgery deals with the natural lens in your eye, which either needs to be enhanced with an additional synthetic lens, or 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 alter over time are the shape of your cornea (the 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) that will never change in efficacy. However, your cornea will still decline; noticeably so after 15-25 years.
Why Mr Hove?
As one of the few refractive surgeons with experience of doing both eyes on the same day, Mr Hove has performed over 4,600 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.
- Mr Hove was the founding cataract surgeon of the most efficient cataract surgery unit in the country.
- He has personally successfully performed over 16,000 cataract and refractive procedures.
- He has received multiple personal recommendations from satisfied patients in both the NHS and the private sector.
- Mr Hove provides one-to-one contact throughout the whole process, from the initial consultation all the way to surgery and aftercare.
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.
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 your 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 your cornea will still change over time noticeably after 15-25 years.
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.
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.
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.