Refractive Lens Exchange, Cataract Surgery, Phakic Lens Implant
How much does the treatment cost?
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The surgery fee can be charged via your private healthcare insurance, however always check with your insurance to check if you are eligible for the benefit
Will it hurt ?
Local anaesthetic is used prior the surgery, which ensures numbness during the surgery. During the intervention fluid is used, and sometimes the patient may feel its flow and experience a slight pressure. A few days after surgery, up to the first week, minimal discomfort might be experienced, slight foreign body sensation may occur, but this does not significantly interfere with the continuation of the daily tasks.
Is it possible for my eyesight to deteriorate ?
During the surgery we implant different types of lenses with specific power according to the needs of the patient. These lenses do not change after this, so we can say that these results are final. Eyesight, however might deteriorate if a new unrelated eye condition arises such as diabetes, glaucoma or any other possible eye disease.
What happens when I get older ?
The implanted IOL ensures stable vision in the long run. If the lens type is multifocal, the focusing ability is provided for three distances: near, intermediate, (distance from a computer monitor) and far distance, such as driving a car. This function does not depend on age, it is a final solution. Mono-vision IOLs provide clear vision only to a pre-planned distance, the IOL is not able to adapt. Therefore, patients implanted with these kind of IOLs need reading glasses over the age of 45.
If the vision deteriorates, is it possible to repeat the surgery ?
After the IOL implant, vision deterioration does not occur unless new diseases develop in the eye. In the preoperative preparation the accurate lens design is essential. It is important that the doctor and the patient together choose and agree on which kind of IOL is recommended.
What are the risks and what complications may occur after these Surgeries ?
Cataract Surgery and Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive Lens Exchange / Cataract surgery is usually very successful, if there are no other pre-existing eye conditions. However, it is important to realize that there is always a risk of complications associated with any operation, read more here.
Phakic lens implant
Implanting the phakic lens is a surgical procedure and as such, it does carry some possible risks. Be sure to discuss the risks associated with the implant with your doctor before choosing to have the surgery. Read more here.
Will both of my eyes be operated at the same time ?
In case of lens surgery we operate one eye at a time usually leaving a day or two in between.
Am I allowed to walk and exercise after surgery ? When will I be allowed to do sports ?
For a few days after surgery, caution is recommended, but after the recovery time discussed with your doctor you are allowed to exercise and do sports.