Q What is refractive lens exchange ?
A This is an alternative to laser visual correction. It is suitable for people aged 45 years or older when laser provides limited benefit ie many will need reading glasses with correction by laser to give good distant vision.
Q Is the procedure safe?
A Refractive lens exchange has evolved from cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed elective surgery in the world and we have learnt lots from the procedure. Severe complications are very rare and you will be informed of these during your consultation.
Q I have been told I am not suitable for laser eye surgery, can I still have refractive lens exchange?
A Yes, refractive is not dependent on corneal thickness which is often the limiting factor precluding the treatment of high refractive errors (either very long or short sighted) using laser.
Q Can it be done under my private medical insurance?
A Yes you may be able to have the surgery under you private medical insurance if you have visual symptoms consistent with the clinical findings of lenticular changes (ie, cataracts).
Q Is the procedure painful?
A No. The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. You may feel a little pressure behind the eye when the local anaesthesia is being injected and this lasts no longer than 10-15 seconds. Once the eye is anaesthetised, you will not be able to feel anything during the surgery.
Q Do I see the operation being performed and how long does the surgery last?
A You will not able to see the operation as the microscope light that I use is very bright and it masks out your vision. The surgery usually takes around five to 10 minutes to perform.
Q What is I am very nervous about someone touch my eyes?
A You may be able to have general anaesthesia or even sedation to help you get through the operation.
Q How long do I have to take off work?
A I usually advise patients to take a week off work for each eye. Also it is sensible to avoid doing any strenuous exercises within four weeks of surgery.
Q How do I make an appointment?
A You may be referred to see me by your GP, especially if you wish to use your insurance to supplement the surgery. Alternatively you can contact Pat Moon or Annie Standen on 01625 505412 at the Spire Regency Hospital to arrange an appointment as a self-referral.