Lens implants - REALEYES München

Lens implants:
Your alternative for high diopter values

Be free from glasses or contact lenses – with an artificial lens that corrects refractive errors even with high diopter values or if other exclusion criteria for refractive surgery apply

Natural lens + artificial lens = perfect vision

Usually people with high near- or farsightedness and/or very thin cornea are not suitable for laser eye treatment. Lens implants instead of laser eye surgery might be an option since it leaves cornea completely unaffected. An implantable artificial lens is put into your eye in addition to the natural lens and it remains there permanently. Thus, the ability of the eye to adjust to different distances is preserved: For a sharp vision without glasses or contact lenses. At REALEYES we have been successfully conducting these low-risk surgical lens procedures for many years.

Invisible help

Invisible help

Implantable artificial lenses provide good vision without being visible or palpable itself.

Durable & flexible

Durable & flexible

The artificial lens may stay in your eye for a lifetime. Or it may also be removed again.

Patient satisfaction

Patient satisfaction

Our patients are enthusiastic about the lens’s excellent vision quality and tolerability.

Are you presbyopic?

Lens implants can correct refractive errors. However, they are not the appropriate treatment for presbyopia. Here the method of choice for a life without glasses or contact lenses even at age is the laser lens replacement in combination with modern multifocal lenses.

Laser lens replacement

Implantable artificial lenses:
An optical marvel

The implantable contact lens is the result of years of optical an medical research. It was first developed in 1992. Modern lenses combine excellent tolerability with exceptional visual quality. Depending on individual needs there are different types of lenses with the fundamental distinction between anterior and posterior chamber lenses. So-called toric lenses correct refractive errors and are able to compensate astigmatism, too.

What’s the difference between an anterior and posterior chamber lens?

Anterior chamber lens

The anterior chamber lens sits between posterior corneal surface and the anterior surface of the iris. It is fixed by little clips within the chamber angle.

Posterior chamber lens (ICL)

An ICL (implantable contact lens) is a posterior chamber lens which is inserted between the iris and the natural lens. It is an additional lens in front of your own one.

The advantages of modern lens implants at a glance

Lens comfort

  • Soft lens material ensures smooth insertion
  • Artificial lens is neither palpable nor visible
  • High material tolerance (after years of material testing)

Range of application

  • High diopter values (myopia and hyperopia) treatable
  • Even compensation of astigmatism possible (toric lenses)

Maximum flexibility

  • Lens implant can easily be removed or replaced
  • Together with the natural lens the ability of the eye to adjust to different distances is preserved (visual acuity for far and near objects)
Which type of lens is right for me?

A preliminary examination will show whether this procedure promises an individual treatment success and also which lens type is best for you.

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Treatment procedure

A preliminary examination and an ophthalmologic consultation have proven that you are a candidate for lens surgery. A few days before the procedure you will have another extensive examination to measure your eyes precisely. These data are needed to finally determine the perfect lens for you. On the day of your surgery we recommend to bring a person who can give you company home. You may drink and eat as normal, but don’t wear make-up, please.

Before the procedure

  • The procedure is performed under local anesthesia (rarely under general anesthesia). It is absolutely pain free – even under local anesthesia.
  • We prepare you for the procedure.
  • During the procedure you are comfortably lying on an examination couch.
  • Your pupils are dilated using eye drops.
  • To keep you calm and relaxed we inject tranquilizing drugs.
  • The actual procedure only takes about 20 minutes per eye.
  • Note: If both eyes are operated on, the procedures are performed on two consecutive days.

Lens implantation

The eye is locally anesthetized with drops, sterile covers are put around it and an eyelid holder fixes your lid: Your eye may feel a bit tight. To keep your eye from getting dry we use wetting liquid drops regularly. Depending on the lens type (anterior or posterior chamber lens) the next two steps differ.

The place an anterior chamber lens in front of the iris, the tunnel-shaped opening at the edge of the cornea is only a few millimeters wide. Little lens clips are used to position the lens correctly in the iris.

The required instruments are inserted through a three millimeter, tunnel-shaped opening at the edge of the cornea. To ensure that the aqueous liquid can circulate, a tiny triangle is cut from the iris (Iridectomy). The ICL is then injected into the eye where it unfolds between the natural lens and the iris.

After the procedure

  • An eye bandage will protect the treated eye.
  • You will only need a short recovery before you can be accompanied home (but not after general anesthesia).
  • You are supplied with medication, rules of conduct and an emergency phone number.
  • It is essential to avoid eye rubbing and water contact.
  • Your first follow-up examination will be on the next day when the bandage will be taken off.

What’s next?

On the day after surgery most patients see quite good when the bandage has been removed. After about four weeks your visual acuity will be fully achieved.

You will have your first follow-up at the Realeyes laser center the day after surgery. The next post-procedure examinations (after one week, one month, three months) will be conducted by one of our surgeons or by your treating eye specialist. These follow-up appointments are essential for perfect healing, so please do keep them in your own interest.

You may carefully wash your face on the day after surgery. Normal hygiene (having a shower and washing your hair) – without rubbing your eyes or getting shower gel/shampoo into it – is allowed on the second day. On the third day following surgery you may also put make-up on (but be careful not to touch your cornea).

Avoid physical exertion up to two weeks after surgery. After that you may play easy sports safely. However, we recommend to wear swimming goggles for swimming and sun or other protective glasses for outdoor sports. Please avoid contact sports and martial arts for up to four weeks after surgery.

You may return to an office workplace after two days. Please use eye drops regularly to keep your eye from getting dry and to prevent irritations. Avoid heavy physical work a few weeks after surgery.

Lens implant and cataract

Eyes change with age and very often cataract is diagnosed. In this case your lens implant can be removed and replaced. That’s why we recommend laser lens replacement for patients over 45.

Laser lens replacement

Costs

We offer the complete treatment from preliminary examination to surgery and follow-up care. For you this means control of services and costs. Please, decide for a reliable provider: For cutting-edge technology, performance, safety and quality.

Lens implanatation

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From 2.750
Euro per eye