Refractive Lens Exchange FAQs

Cataract surgery is performed to remove the cloudy lens (cataract) in your eye and replace it with a clear, artificial intraocular lens to allow clear vision to be restored. In refractive lens exchange however, instead of removing a cloudy lens, your natural clear lens is removed for the purpose of correcting the refractive (focussing) power of your eye to achieve spectacle independence. This procedure is also known as a clear lens exchange.

The surgery itself is exactly the same; however, the terminology allows for distinction between removal of a cloudy versus a clear lens.

Cataract surgery is covered by Medicare and private health insurance but not refractive lens exchange surgery.

A referral from your GP or optometrist is required for you to claim a Medicare rebate for your consultation.

Dr Goh performs cataract and lens exchange surgery at the Manningham Private Hospital in Templestowe Lower.

Refractive lens exchange allows for correction of a wide range of prescriptions including myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism.

Vision typically improves by the next day but it may take up to 4 weeks for full recovery.

One eye is done at a time. The second eye is typically done anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks after the first eye. We recommend taking 2 to 3 days off work after surgery on each eye.

Most people are able to resume driving 1 to 2 days after surgery. Individual advice will be given by Dr Goh at your consultation if you are deemed unsuitable to drive whilst awaiting surgery on your second eye.