We interviewed Alex Shortt to find out how long lens replacement results last; if there is any pain involved; and how long the procedure takes.
How long do results last?
Interviewer: In terms of how long the procedure lasts, is this a lifetime thing or is this something that you have to get replaced?
Alex Shortt: Once we have completed the process and the lens implants are in, and the eyes are in focus, your vision should remain absolutely stable forever. Now the caveat for that is that very rarely we have patients who develop a small amount of astigmatism as the eye ages. And that’s entirely possible to treat, it’s a very tiny proportion of people and it rarely actually reaches significant levels. But if it does then, it’s entirely possible to refocus the eye again.
Does it hurt?
Interviewer: And does the procedure hurt at all, is there any kind of pain?
Alex Shortt: The procedure is a day case procedure, and we typically perform both eyes on the same day. It’s a local anaesthetic; we effectively marinade your eye in anaesthetic drops which have a very powerful effect of numbing the surface of the eye. Then we perform keyhole surgery, tiny 2mm incisions, and we use some anaesthetic actually on the inside of the eye as well, to numb the internal parts of the eye.
While you’re awake, you will feel absolutely nothing. It’s a totally sensationless operation.