For lens replacement or Clear Lens Extraction, the surgeon removes the natural lens of your eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens implant. Focus Eye Clinic uses state-of-the-art laser technology, rendering a scalpel incision unnecessary. (ZIEMER FEMTO LASER)

The procedure is identical to the technique used for cataracts; however, cataract surgery does not involve a “clear” lens, but a cloudy lens that must be removed.

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Do I qualify for lens replacement?

Lens replacement may be a solution for patients with severe near or farsightedness, or presbyopia, who are not eligible for laser surgery.

In patients with cataracts, lens replacement is the only possible treatment.

  • Minimum of 40 years old
  • Cataract(s)
  • Severe near or farsightedness (myopia or hypermetropia)
  • Ageing eyes or presbyopia
  • Laser treatment is not possible

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The benefits of lens replacement

Lens replacement is irreversible, but results in a very stable result.

Focus Eye Clinic was chosen to be the first centre in Belgium for the Swiss precision of the ZIEMER Z8 LDV. This revolutionary device is characterised by its lower energy output with a higher pulse repetition rate, exercising minimal pressure on the eye. This translates into a range of benefits.

  • Relatively simple procedure
  • Stable results
  • Extremely safe and accurate
  • No need for scalpels
  • Various types of intraocular lens implants available
  • Less infection and complication risk

The implanted lens is pleated and can be monofocal, multifocal or bifocal, depending on your specific requirements. Astigmatism will be treated through limbal relaxing incisions or toric implants.

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Lens replacement prices

Focus Eye Clinic always charges the correct prices for state-of-the-art lens replacement technology. Have a look at our prices overview and repayment options.

Femto Laser / Femto Cataract treatment

Lens replacement surgery can be performed in several ways. With phacoemulsification of the lens, the existing lens is removed via a micro incision by way of ultrasonic vibrations. This is the classic method.

Focus Eye Clinic has recently adopted the latest ‘Femto-Cataract’ technique in which laser surgery is performed, without the need for scalpels. This makes the surgery safer and even more reliable.

Femto Cataract technique

For the laser, a computer-controlled scan of the eye is made (OCT) which then performs a 3D plan of the operation. Next, the laser takes control of 4 crucial steps in the cataract operation:

  • Insnede in het oog
  • Correctie van het astigmatisme
  • Op maat incisie van het voorste lenskapsel
  • Fragmenteren van de cataract lens

insnede

Incisie

correctie

astigmatische
correctie

incisie

capsulorhexis

fragmentatie

nucleus
fragmentatie

Phacoemulsification of the lens

Under local anaesthesia and sedation, possibly under the care of an anaesthetist, the patient is installed under the surgical microscope. A microincision (2.2 mm or less, so no sutures are required) is then made

  • Capsulorrexhis (CCC): The front capsule of the lens is removed in a circular motion
  • Lens is pulverised using ultrasonic vibrations
  • Lens is removed through a delicate irrigation aspiration system
  • Remaining capsule is thoroughly cleaned
  • Implant lens is inserted.

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What does the surgery entail?

Femto Laser Phaco surgery takes less than 15 minutes and is carried out under a local anaesthetic. After approximately 1 hour you can go home again.

Under the supervision of an anaesthetist, the eye is made numb with anaesthetic drops. You will be lightly sedated via intravenous medication. We will monitor your vital signs.

Frequently asked questions

How severe may my refractive eye errors be to be eligible for lens replacement?

Between – 23 to + 15 dioptres

Can I have both eyes treated at the same time?

The eyes can be treated individually or on the same day: this will be discussed with the doctor.

When can you see clearly again?

Your vision will be improved one day after surgery and most people will be able to function normally. It might take a few more weeks before your vision completely stabilises.

In the beginning, some patients may see halo around lights, mainly at night. As the brain gradually gets used to the new lens, these phenomena will gradually disappear within a few weeks.

Is lens replacement a permanent solution?

Yes. Lens replacement is one-off and irreversible. Once you are in your 70’s, other symptoms relating to the aging process may affect the quality of your vision once again, but this is independent of this procedure.

Is lens replacement covered by my health insurance?

Lens replacement is partially compensated, but only in cases of cataract. Near and farsightedness are generally not considered to be a disease and therefore not covered.

What about after care?

Up to 1 week after surgery, you should not rub your eyes and follow the doctor’s instructions regarding antibiotic eye drops carefully.

Daily activities like housework, sport, driving and office work can be resumed very quickly. In case of doubt, consult your doctor.