What is lens replacement?

Hi, it’s Dr Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. If you’re thinking about vision correction, I’ll answer the common question: “What is lens replacement?”

As you get into your 50s, you’ll notice the effects of age-related vision changes inside your eye. This is called presbyopia, and everyone gets it. No one is immune.

Lens replacement, also known as a refractive lens exchange, is a simple procedure. We take the clear natural lens in the eye and replace it with an artificial lens so that you can see without glasses or contact lenses.

It’s virtually the same procedure we use in cataract surgery. The only difference is that we remove that clear but optically challenged or abnormal lens and replace it with an artificial implant that lasts longer than your lifetime.

Usually, this presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to replace that rigid lens with a special type of implant. This implant can restore not just your distance vision but a whole range of vision to give clear distance, intermediate, and close vision. Some of these lenses can even correct astigmatism.

That means that, after lens replacement, you’ll no longer need glasses or contact lenses for almost everything you do. As a bonus, you’ll never need cataract surgery in the future because an artificial lens implant never gets a cataract.

If you are highly motivated to get out of your glasses and contact lenses and are starting to become presbyopic, then lens replacement might be perfect for you.

To learn more about lens replacement and know which eye treatment is best to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, please book online for a free laser vision assessment on our website today.

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The best way to find out if lens surgery is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options


Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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