Lens replacement

A lens replacement is a medical procedure whereby the natural ocular lens, which loses its accommodation capacity over time, is replaced by an advanced artificial lens. Discover how lens replacement offers an effective solution for age-related changes in vision and other eye problems.

As you age, the elasticity or accommodation capacity of your ocular lens decreases. This causes your vision, both near and far, to deteriorate. When the lens is replaced, your own natural lens is replaced by a very advanced artificial lens, or implant lens. This will enable your eye to see clearly again from far, medium distance, and nearby. The impact of this treatment is permanent as the implant lens has a permanent reading correction that will not change over time. In 90% of the cases, our patients no longer need glasses after treatment. In 10% of the cases, glasses may still be needed either for near or far vision. Only exceptionally are glasses still regularly needed.

Lens replacement with laser

Since the summer of 2012, we are the first in Belgium to be able to perform a lens replacement at our eye centre without needing to make any incision. A lens replacement with laser offers more precision, as a result of which the lens implant can be placed even more precisely in the perfect spot. The laser is also much easier on the retina and the inside of the cornea. Greater precision and reliability also have much less likelihood of side effects.

Your ophthalmologist will discuss with you what the most suitable lens is (see below) as well as the best treatment method (with or without laser).

Depending on your preferences and your life and work situation, we will determine which lens is best suited to you. Our doctors have experience with monofocal (sharp vision at one particular distance) and multifocal (sharp vision at various distances) lenses, as well as with the technique of ‘monovision’ (one lens for near and one for far vision). After the intake exam, we will determine the most suitable option for you.

When are you eligible for lens replacement?

  • Age
To be eligible for a lens replacement as an alternative to glasses or contact lenses, you must be at least 45 years old.
  • Recent intake examination
The intake exam used as the basis for your treatment may not have been carried out more than half a year ago.
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We’re happy to help!

Discover a clear, sharp world. Are you fed up with always depending on glasses or contacts? If so, a lens replacement may be the solution. Our expert team is ready to support you through each step and to answer all your questions.

  • After your intake exam, the lenses will be custom-made for your eyes.
  • One day before the procedure, you will need to apply some preparatory eye drops at home.
  • When you arrive at our centre, we start with a few administrative tasks. Next, you will get some eye drops in order to dilate your pupil. This takes about 45 minutes, providing the ideal opportunity to relax with a book or a cool drink.
  • Once your pupils are sufficiently dilated, we will accompany you to the operating room. There, your eyes will be anaesthetised with drops and carefully disinfected.
  • While you lie back comfortably, we make a small incision in your cornea, with or without a laser. We then replace your natural lens with an artificial lens at the perfect place in your lens capsular bag.
  • The procedure takes around fifteen minutes per eye and is nearly painless. After the procedure, you can go straight home, but you do need someone to accompany you.

The price of a lens replacement varies, depending on various individual factors. We consider it important to make a personal price calculation for each patient. For an overview of our fees, please go to the fees page.