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Different Types of Lenses

What are the different types of lenses for refractive lens exchange surgery?

22 SEPTEMBER 2022

AUTHOR: DR. JEROME AZUNOBI

Types of RLE lenses Prices are correct at time of publication. Should our prices change in the future, Optimax reserves the right to honour the new prices, and not the ones listed in this blog post.  

What is RLE surgery?

  As you age, your eye’s natural lens stiffens and struggles to focus as well as it did when you were younger. This means that you might begin to have difficulties with your near and intermediate vision, starting to rely on reading glasses once you reach your 40s. Removing the aged, hardened natural lens and replacing it is a way to avoid this decline in near vision. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is the process of extracting your eye’s natural lens and inserting a clear artificial lens to replace it. It is the same operation as cataract surgery which is one of the most common elective surgeries globally. In fact, over 400,000 people each year in the UK have this treatment to restore their youthful vision.   We offer cataract surgery at Optimax which is a procedure where we remove the cataract and replace your eye’s natural lens with a basic, clear artificial lens. RLE surgery differs in that we insert a lens which also improves your vision, as well as eliminating the need for cataract surgery in the future. The level to which your vision is improved depends entirely on which type of lens you opt for. Different lenses will suit various visual and lifestyle requirements and at your free consultation, the optometrist will discuss the options in depth with you.   Today on our blog, we’re going to give an overview of the three types of lenses available at Optimax for RLE surgery to ensure that patients are well-informed about the options.  

Monofocal standard lens

  This type of lens is the simplest option of all the types of lenses you can upgrade to. A monofocal standard lens will give you good vision at one particular distance, usually far distance vision. We advise patients who choose this type of lens that they will still require reading glasses for near vision (such as reading a newspaper or book) and for intermediate vision (for example, looking at a computer screen). However, it allows you to see well when you look into the distance and you won’t have to worry about developing cataracts further down the line.   Our monofocal standard lens has a fixed price of £2,995 per eye, regardless of your prescription. This price includes a free laser top-up, should your visual result require fine-tuning, and includes free aftercare for a year.  

Monofocal premium lens

  The monofocal premium lens is the next step up from our monofocal standard lens, providing good vision for both intermediate and far distances. This means that the aim for patients with this lens is to require reading glasses for near vision only. Monofocal premium lenses are also known as EDOF lenses (extended depth of focus), with more than one focal point. As with all types of RLE treatment, having these lenses implanted means that you cannot develop cataracts later in life. This is effectively a preventative treatment which also improves your vision.   The extra point of focus is, understandably, something that makes these lenses more expensive, with a fixed price of £3,245. Again, should your visual result need tweaking afterwards, we offer free laser top-up to patients with an EDOF lens, as well as 12 months of free aftercare.  

Multifocal lens

  This is the most visually advanced type of lens we offer our RLE patients at Optimax. This lens provides multiple focal points to achieve good vision for near, intermediate and far distances. The aim of this lens is that patients can live life free from glasses or contact lenses while – as with all RLE procedures – eliminating the need for cataract surgery later on in life. Some patients may require reading glasses for reading fine print, or when trying to focus in low light conditions, but this is a small minority of patients.   Multifocal lenses are charged at £3,495 per eye and, again, this price is fixed no matter your prescription. This price includes a free laser top-up in the rare event that your vision needs tweaking following the procedure, and we also offer a year’s free aftercare in this price.  
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