What is lens replacement surgery?

Lens replacement surgery (also called Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE) is a sophisticated development of cataract surgery, one of the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedures. The natural lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) and typically takes 20 minutes per eye. .

Lens replacement surgery is a safe and permanent way to correct both short-sightedness or long-sightedness, and prevent or remove cataracts.
Who qualifies for natural lens replacement surgery?

Lens replacement surgery is ideal for patients who are diagnosed with the eye conditions or problems listed below.

  • Cataract
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Long-sightedness (Hyperopia)
  • Short-sightedness (Myopia)
  • Dependence on bifocal, varifocal or multifocal contact lenses or glasses

Learn more about who lens replacement surgery is suitable for.

How does lens replacement surgery work?

Dr. Panayiotis Christou will choose a lens customised to your vision and lifestyle needs. This artificial replacement lens could provide the benefit of being able to focus on near, intermediate and far objects, as previously provided by glasses or contact lenses. It can even correct astigmatism.

The lens replacement surgery itself takes no more than 20 minutes, but you’ll have to rest about 30 minutes to an hour immediately after the procedure. As your eye will be anaesthetised with numbing drops, you will feel no pain. The discomfort and grogginess will gradually disappear while the anaesthesia is wearing off.

The success rate is very high. Lens replacement surgery is safe, and life changing for millions of patients who have this successful procedure every year.

All surgeries have some degree of risks, which is why you should discuss your procedure in detail with your eye surgeon. The risks of lens replacement surgery are low and complications are rare, and can be further mitigated by choosing a high-quality lens replacement provider.
Lens replacement costs & finance options

While the lens replacement treatment suitable for you will be determined according to your personal needs during our free initial consultation, we offer one clear set price for the treatment you select. We also offer a range of helpful financing, including up to 24 months completely interest free. Our indicative price range is below:

Monofocal Lens Exchange

Standard lens replacement surgery with monofocal lens

Cost €1500 per eye

Multifocal or EdoF Lens Replacement Surgery

The most common form of lens replacement surgery to lose your glasses

Cost €2000 per eye

Implantable Contact Lens

Lens treatment preserving your natural lens

Cost €2500 per eye*

*Pricing for complex lens replacement may vary. Lens replacement surgery is not covered by the GHS (Gesy) as alternatives exist such as glasses or contact lenses.
Fair & transparent pricing

Our single price lens replacement packages include your consultation, surgery and full aftercare so the price you see is the price you’ll pay, with no hidden extras. Our commitment to helping you see more extends to our pricing; whatever your prescription, our prices are fixed and include the following.

Single focus Lens Replacement
€1500 per eye
Standard lens replacement surgery with monofocal lens
Clear far distance vision
Needs reading glasses
Glare free
Does not correct astigmatism
Multifocal or EdoF Lens Replacement Surgery
Clear distance vision
Clear near distance
100% spectacles independence
Some glares at night
Astigmatism correcting lens cost additional €300