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Monofocal Lenses

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Monofocal lenses offer patients improved vision at long, middle and close-distance ranges – however, not all three at once. This form of intraocular lens (IOL) is commonly used in clear lens exchange procedures and cataract surgery, and offers enhanced contrast sensitivity and a reduced likelihood of visual disturbances such as halos and glares. Toric IOLS, used primarily to correct cases of astigmatism, are also classified as monofocal IOLs.

Because monofocal lenses are designed with the purpose of correcting vision at only one distance, patients will often still require glasses for close-distance tasks such as reading small print or writing. Whether patients require eyeglasses following their treatment will largely depend upon the type of IOL used in your refractive lens exchange procedure.


Monofocal lenses are inserted via a refractive lens exchange procedure (also referred to as Lens Replacement Surgery or Clear Lens Extraction). This is an attractive alternative to patients who may be deemed unsuitable for other procedures such as LASIK or PRK, and is recognised as an efficient solution for those suffering from presbyopia or high hyperopia (long-sightedness).

Refractive lens exchange is also a common alternative for patients over the age of 40, or those with thin corneas. Put simply, the procedure entails a replacement of the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens, allowing patients to achieve clearer vision and a reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Notably, refractive lens exchange guarantees that no cataracts form (this is because cataracts are unable to form in artificial IOLs).

There is a variety of lens replacement surgery procedures on offer to patients at Cathedral Eye Clinic. However, the term is usually used to refer to one of three treatments: RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange), ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses) and Cataract Surgery. These treatments are similar in nature and boast an impressive patient satisfaction rate.


  • Expert treatment: The refractive lens exchange procedure is highly effective and is most commonly used in the treatment of cataracts; dry eye symptoms, astigmatism, short-sightedness, long-sightedness and presbyopia.
  • New lease of life: Enjoy renewed confidence thanks to a lesser need for contact lenses and prescription glasses.
  • Less complications: Significantly lower chance of developing infections in the eye later on life.
  • No cataracts: Cataracts cannot form on artificial lenses.

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Benefits of Monofocal Lenses Treatment

  • Advanced treatment: Refractive lens exchange is most effective in the treatment of cataracts, dry eye symptoms, astigmatism, short-sightedness, long-sightedness and presbyopia.

  • Enhanced confidence: Enjoy a new lease of life thanks to a reduced dependency on prescription glasses and contact lenses.

  • Reduced complications: Substantially lower chance of developing eye infections later in life, as well as a guarantee that no cataracts form.

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I had a very positive experience. High standard of care from all staff. As for Professor Moore, what can I say except that I found him so skilled and I felt confident in his ability. I have had a very good outcome with my lens exchange, so I am very happy.

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