Intraocular lens replacement is one of the world’s most common surgical procedures. It is a standard outpatient procedure that is quick and safe. However, it can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with cataracts or a dioptric defect.
Eye surgeons mainly replace intraocular lenses in patients over 45. The procedure can remove not only diopters but also cylindrical defects. In exceptional cases, the doctor may recommend intraocular surgery even in younger patients for whom laser eye surgery cannot be performed.
Types of intraocular lenses
Intraocular lenses are divided into monofocal and multifocal. They provide sharp vision at one distance, most often far distance. The patient still needs reading glasses. At Gemini eye clinics, premium monofocal lenses can be chosen. These provide better vision and better protection of the retina.
Multifocal lenses have multiple focal points and address vision without glasses at multiple distances. The most advanced ones – trifocal lenses – offer independence from spectacle correction at all distances (near, medium, and far).
What are the steps involved in the lens replacement procedure?
- detailed eye examination and assessment
- selection of the most suitable lenses according to the eye doctor’s recommendation
- before the operation, the eye is locally anesthetized with drops
- the procedure itself, usually with a week gap between the first and second eye
- adherence to postoperative care and medication use
- vision check-ups after about a week post-op
- it is possible to live without restrictions already in about a month after the procedure