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Lens Replacement in Turkey

Read the FAQs of Refractive Lens Exchange in Turkey to find out Lens Replacement Abroad and Lens Exchange Cost in Turkey.

Lens replacement surgery is performed to correct vision and maintain a sharp focus by replacing the eye’s natural lens with a selected type of artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Lens replacement surgery is also known as refractive lens exchange surgery (RLE) or clear lens extraction (CLE).

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The eyes are covered with a sterile cloth and then anaesthetized with eye drops. The eyelids are separated with a special equipment called blepharostat so that the patient can not blink during the operation. A 3.2 mm incision is made through a slitting blade or femtosecond laser depending on the surgery type. Through this incision, an opening is made in the lens capsule and the natural lens is fragmented. The fragmented lens is sucked by a sophisticated equipment and the new artificial intraocular lens is centred in the empty lens capsule. Antibiotics are instilled to prevent any infection and the eyes are patched. 

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Lens replacement surgery takes around 10-15 minutes per 1 eye.

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Lens replacement surgery corrects vision by changing the focus of the eye by replacing the natural eye lens with a selected type of artificial intraocular lens while LASIK eye surgery corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. Refractive lens exchange surgery is generally preferred when the person is not suitable for LASIK eye surgery. 

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Lens replacement and cataract surgery are virtually performed in the same way. The only difference is in cataract surgery the lenses to be replaced are cloudy due to cataract while lens replacement surgery is performed to correct one’s far, near and intermediate focus even if the person does not have cataract. 

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Monofocal Lenses – Monofocal lenses stay focused at one fixed distance. With mono-focal lenses, you will be able to see things that are far away but still need a glass when reading or for intermediate and near vision. 

Trifocal Lenses – Trifocal lenses are the most commonly used intraocular lenses due to the comfort and practicality they provide. Being high-performance lenses, trifocal lenses provide distance, intermediate and near vision, in short, a full focus which basically eliminates the dependency on glasses. 

Toric Lenses – Toric lenses are specially designed to treat astigmatism in addition to the above-mentioned intraocular lens types. Both mono-focal toric and trifocal toric lenses are available. 

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Your suitability for a certain lens type is determined by your eye surgeon based on your preoperative tests and eye examinations. 

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Yes. Lens replacement surgery can be performed for both eyes. In some cases, 1 or 2 days may be required between the operations. This is determined by the eye surgeon based on the patient’s preoperative tests and eye examinations. 

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No. You will not feel the intraocular lenses after your lens replacement surgery. They will also not be noticeable by others like contact lenses since they are placed not on the surface but inside your eyes. 

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This depends on the intraocular lens type that will be used in your surgery. If mono-focal lenses are used, you might need glasses for reading or working on the computer, generally for near vision since they have only one focus enabling you to see distance. If trifocal lenses are used, most probably you will not need any glasses since they have 3 focuses for near, intermediate and far distance. 

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Anyone with presbyopia, which is loss of near focusing due to ageing, with severe farsightedness can be a good candidate for lens placement eye surgery. The majority of patients are over 40 since vision and focus loss begin around that age.

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No. People who have undergone lens replacement surgery can not develop cataract later in their life. 

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Yes. You will be prescribed eye drops by your eye surgeon. You need to use these for as long as instructed. 

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Lens replacement surgery is completed in 5-7 days.

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