Lens Replacement2020-09-23T19:10:13+10:00

Glasses-free after 50 with lens replacement in Melbourne

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Dr Anton van Heerden explains the benefits of lens replacement
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Who can our life-changing treatments help?

If you see yourself in how I describe my ideal patients below, we can certainly help you enhance your every waking moment with amazing natural vision
I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

The growing need for reading glasses and varifocals is a constant reminder that you’re getting older. Taking them on and off, leaving them at home or losing them can just about ruin any activity you had planned. Yes, of course, ageing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make the frustration and hassle of visual aids any easier to accept.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life adventure by booking a free appointment today.

I'm over 50 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

I’m over 40 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

Later life should be about spending time with friends and family, enjoying a relaxing retirement, and appreciating everything life has to offer now the hard work is over. Unfortunately, cataracts and presbyopia can impair your daily routine and get in the way of many activities you once loved.

Be free from cataracts and visual aids and celebrate the everyday with exceptional natural vision by booking a free appointment today.

Take the first step towards a life free from reading glasses

Take the first step towards a life free from reading glasses

The best way to find out if you can be free from the hassle of reading glasses and varifocals is to have a free discovery appointment. You’ll get a clear answer from me on your suitability and treatment options.

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Your life after lens replacement

Every aspect of life becomes more enjoyable when you free yourself from the things that slow you down, hold you back and get in your way

Escape your barriers

After lens replacement, you’ll have fantastic, unaided vision and will no longer be dependent on glasses and contact lenses to see clearly.

Feel reinvigorated

You will be amazed by how youthful and re energised you’ll feel. Many of our patients feel as though they’ve got a new lease of life.

Treasure the little things

There comes a point in life when you start to appreciate what matters most. Great vision gives you the clarity to enjoy every moment with the people you love. 

The world has slowed so you can rediscover yourself

When you rediscover aspects of your life you thought you’d lost, every day becomes a new adventure.

Escape your barriers

After Lens Replacement, you’ll have fantastic, unaided vision and will no longer be dependent on glasses and contact lenses to see clearly.

Feel reinvigorated

You will be amazed by how youthful and re energised you’ll feel. Many of our patients feel as though they’ve got a new lease of life.

Treasure the little things

There comes a point in life when you start to appreciate what matters most. Great vision gives you the clarity to enjoy every moment with the people you love.

The world has slowed so you can rediscover yourself

When you rediscover aspects of your life you thought you’d lost, every day becomes a new adventure.

Want to start your next adventure today?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

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WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses. 

How does it work?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment

WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses.

Lens replacement explained

Everything you need to know about lens replacement surgery

Lens replacement, also known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is a surgery which can help you achieve freedom from glasses. 

You could be suitable for lens replacement if you are:

  • 50 years or over (although exceptions to this may be considered depending on individual circumstances)
  • Have a spectacle prescription for distance or near vision, or both
  • wish to become less reliant on their glasses or contact lenses
  • want to be free from glasses and contact lenses

With lens replacement, we remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with a clear plastic lens. The procedure is very similar to cataract surgery except we perform the surgery before a cataract develops. 

The lens implant that we insert into the eye can be chosen from a variety of types and will be chosen based on your requirements and the examination findings at the consultation.

Advantages

  • With lens replacement, we can achieve a choice of visual outcomes using a variety of lens implants. We can correct your vision for distance alone, or for distance, middle and near vision.
  • Lens replacement prevents cataracts from developing in the future. This is because the eye’s natural lens has already been removed and replaced with a lens implant. 

Disadvantages

Lens replacement is a very safe procedure. However, like all types of surgery, lens replacement carries some risk. These risks are usually 1% or less, and the vast majority of patients are very happy with the results of their surgery.

Lens replacement allows for a choice of visual outcomes. 

Monofocal

You will see in the distance but need to use glasses for middle and near tasks.

Enhanced Monofocal

You will see in the distance and have some functional middle distance vision but will require glasses for finer middle distance vision and for near tasks.

Multifocal / Trifocal 

You will see clearly in the distance, middle and near.

Multifocal – Extended Depth Of Focus (EDOF)

These lenses combine multifocal and EDOF technology.

Alternatives to lens replacement include:

  • Laser correction with both eyes corrected for distance
  • Laser correction with both eyes corrected for monovision
  • Laser correction with both eyes corrected with a multifocal corneal ablation

We perform lens replacement with a local an anaesthetic applied in drop form to the eye. Overall the procedure takes around 15 to 20 minutes per eye.

The most common plan is to operate on one eye at a time. The second eye procedure often takes place one week following the first. 

Lens replacement is done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will have surgery and return home the same day to recover. 

Step 1: We create a small self-sealing entry point in the front of the eye, where the cornea meets the white of the eye.

Step 2: We remove a thin circular disk from the membrane shielding the anterior (front) surface of the natural lens.

Step 3: We liquefy the eye’s natural lens and remove it from the lens capsule. 

Step 4: We place the new artificial lens inside the eye.

Lens replacement is a very successful treatment both in terms of surgical safety and patient satisfaction. 

The surgical risks are very low. However, we will discuss these with you in detail during the initial consultation. 

The vast majority of patients are delighted with the results of their lens replacement surgery.

What our patients say...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!

Kate Luscombe

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I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.

Ash Redward

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!

Trish Toth

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!

Zac Puplett

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Links to authoritative resources on intraocular contact lenses

Follow the links below for more information on intraocular contact lenses

A meta-analysis and review on the accuracy of ICL. Click here for more information – National Library and Medicine

The STAAR implantable contact lens compares favourably to LASIK in an FDA trial; high patient satisfaction found. Click here for more information – Healio. 

About the expert

Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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