Are there disadvantages of lens replacement surgery? Lens replacement surgery involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with an artificial one, called an IOL (Intraocular lens). Lens replacement surgery treats short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and the need for reading glasses over 50. It also removes your need for future cataract surgery. It is world-renowned for being one of the most popular and low-risk eye surgeries on the market. So you might be wondering: \u201cThis all sounds great, but what\u2019s the catch? \u201d As with any surgery, there are advantages and disadvantages. Side effects Side effects are a normal part of the healing process and usually fade over time. Your surgeon does everything they can to prevent complications. Some side effects may include;1 Glares & halos If you see glowing rings at night, it\u2019s a normal side effect that means your eyes are healing as they should. Moreover, technology is constantly improving for lens replacement surgery, so these side effects are becoming less common. Furthermore, night vision disturbances are more common with trifocal lenses. We can recommend EDoF lenses if you\u2019re concerned about glare and halos. Dry & red eyes You may experience tired, dry, or uncomfortable eyes after your surgery. This natural response will usually resolve itself within 6-8 weeks. You can relieve them with eye drops. Infection This is a rare complication, with the infection rate of lens replacement surgery being 0.1% (or 1\/1000). A sterile operating environment and strict infection-control protocols are the norm in a hospital setting (where we carry out the procedure). We provide medications that \u2013 assuming you take them \u2013 should prevent any postoperative infection. However, if you notice any pain, loss of vision or anything that doesn\u2019t feel right, we encourage you to communicate this to your surgeon. Vision results Most patients are very happy with their vision results after lens replacement. However, 1 in 20 patients may need a laser top-up procedure to improve their vision quality. Here at VSON, we offer 10 years of re-treatments for free, \u2018where the re-treatment is necessary due to regression\u2019. Find out more here. It\u2019s more invasive than laser eye surgery Lens replacement surgery is a treatment where the natural lens is replaced with an artificial one. Due to this, the procedure is more invasive than other vision correction methods and has a longer recovery time. However, lens replacement is widely known for being a safe and effective treatment and is constantly improving due to technological advancements. Most patients achieve greatly improved vision for life All surgical procedures have their drawbacks, but for the most part, lens replacement surgery is a decision people don\u2019t regret. IOLs are for life; their synthetic properties allow them to become permanent fixtures in your eyes and improve your optical capabilities. The unknown can be scary, but hopefully, this information gives you more clarity. If you wish to discuss your specific situation, book a free assessment today.