Defective vision / refractive surgery
Treating defective vision with refractive surgery
Most vision defects can be corrected by surgery, which in this case is known as “refractive surgery”. The term “refractive” describes the fact that the ability of the eye to refract light is changed. Short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism are normally treated by refractive laser surgery. The treatment is very safe, painless, and rapid if the vision defects are moderate.
Refractive lens – ICL or PRL
Not all vision defects, however, can be corrected by laser surgery. Severe defects can be treated by surgically implanting a new lens that reduces or eliminates the defect.The method is known as ICL (intraocular contact lens) or PRL (phakic refractive lens).
We specialise in this type of eye surgery at Stockholms Ögonklinik and have many years of experience.
The use of ICL or PRL involves insertion of a thin, flexible lens in front of the natural lens. The type of lens to be used is determined at a prior investigation. The procedure takes approximately 10-30 minutes for each eye and is carried out in local anaesthesia. It is essentially painless.
Refractive lens exchange – RLE
This procedure reduces your need for spectacles, both for near and distant vision.
The method used is the same as that used for cataract surgery, in which the natural lens is removed and replaced by an artificial lens. The artificial lens that is inserted is bifocal or multifocal, which means that both near vision and distance vision are significantly improved, reducing or eliminating the need for spectacles.
We use the best multifocal lenses available on the market.
Updated: April 7, 2017