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Refractive lens surgery is a procedure to reduce or remove the need for reading glasses. We take a look at the procedure and one patient discusses their own personal experience of surgery.
This procedure can be used to treat presbyopia, (where the eye cannot focus), short-sightedness, and severe far sightedness when laser surgery is not appropriate.
Refractive lens surgery involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). These artificial lenses are available in a range of customised styles and strengths. A similar type of procedure is used in cataract surgery.
Most patients are able to drive and return to work within a week, depending upon their consultant’s instructions. If both your eyes require lens replacement, these procedures are typically scheduled one to two weeks apart.
"I was longsighted, and my prescription was a +9, so I couldn't do anything or go anywhere without my glasses," Kathryn explains. "About five years ago I asked my optometrist what my options were, as I had tried contacts, but I didn't get on with them, and I had been told that my eye sight would deteriorate further. At the time I was told that there was nothing that could be done for me.
"Towards the end of last year I thought I'd look into it again. When I went for my initial appointment, Mr Luck was able to identify exactly what was wrong with my eyesight almost immediately and this gave me enormous confidence."
"I had each eye done separately, with four weeks between each operation. When I went for my check up a week after the first eye was done, Mr Luck even told me that my eyesight was going to be better than his and that the surgery had stopped any further deterioration of my vision.
"The facilities and staff were top class and I could not fault anything about the way I was treated."
"It's been a life-changing experience - it's an unbelievable feeling to be able to see clearly when I wake up in the morning, after a lifetime of wearing glasses.
"I live on a farm and ride horses so it's great to have that flexibility now - rain and fog is no longer a problem. I've also realised that I feel more confident - something I wasn't expecting."
"I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who had considered it but was too worried about doing anything."