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Lens implants

I have performed thousands of lens implant procedures. Surgery is at centres of excellence – the Wellington Hospital, St. John’s Wood, London and Spire Hospital, Bushey, London with superb equipment and all the facilities of elite private hospitals. You will see me at your initial consultation and at your follow-ups. Eyesite’s fee includes whaterver type of customised lens implant is best for you, no matter how sophisticated.

Lens implants are a very effective and well established treatment for reading glasses, high glasses prescriptions and astigmatism. They work well if you are not suitable for laser because you have a very high prescription or thin corneas. Lens implants can free you from reading glasses – permanently. There are two types – lensectomy and phakic intraocular lenses.

Lensectomy (Clear Lens Extraction, Refractive Lens Exchange)

This is the removal of the natural lens of the eye and its replacement by an artificial lens implant. The new lens is about the same size as a contact lens and is made of plastic. The procedure is similar to cataract surgery and may be performed under local or general (sleeping) anaesthetic.

Lensectomy may correct any degree of short or long sight or astigmatism no matter how severe as well as reading glasses dependence. It works well for people older than about forty five whose prescriptions are too strong for laser or who require freedom from reading glasses. Reading glasses dependence is treated with high-tech ‘multifocal’ lens implants. Lensectomy is also used for very long sighted people younger than forty five who are not suitable for other technologies. The correction is permanent and the new lens is normally invisible inside the eye.

Lens Implants Lensectomy

In the very short sighted eye the image is focused in front of the retina

Lens Implants Lensectomy 2

In Lensectomy the natural (grey) lens of the eye is removed and replaced by an artificial (blue in this drawing) intraocular lens. The image is now focused onto the retina

Lens Implants Lensectomy 3

The Lentis MPlus is an advanced multifocal lens implant for reading glasses

Phakic Intraocular Lens

This artificial lens implant made from plastic is inserted into the eye through a keyhole incision and held permanently in place by special attachments. It works together with the eye’s natural lens which is not removed. The phakic intraocular lens alters the focus of the eye and may correct even the most severe short or long sight or astigmatism. It works for people under the age of about forty five whose prescription is too strong for laser treatment. The procedure may be done under local or general (sleeping) anaesthetic. The correction is permanent.

Lens Implants 2

In this very short sighted eye (left), the image is focused in front of the retina. The phakic intraocular lens (blue in the drawing on the right) is placed in the eye where it rests on the natural lens. The image is now focused onto the retina

Lens Implants

A phakic intraocular lens (left). The phakic intraocular lens is inserted inside the eye and securely attached to the iris (right). It is invisible under normal circumstances

My patient’s story

This lady needed glasses for both distance and near focus. She had surgery with the Alcon Restor multifocal lens implant, customised to treat her distance and reading glasses dependence. She no longer uses glasses.

She says:

‘I took the opportunity and opted for replacement multifocal lenses, this helped me to manage with day to day life without using glasses, perfect !! From the start I had professional guidance and care from Simon Levy who explained everything to me, and reassured and advised me about the procedure. Simon is caring and understanding, his pre and post operation care was outstanding.’