Lens implantation
What are intraocular and multifocal lenses?

What is a Lens implantation?

Lens implantation is the treatment method for correcting presbyopia, very high diopters and cataracts. A distinction is made between the implantation of multifocal lenses for presbyopic patients and patients with cataracts and the implantation of ICL intraocular lenses (phakic lenses) for patients with very severe ametropia. 

Lens implantations usually take place on an outpatient basis. The treatment takes only a few minutes per eye and is painless with local drip anesthesia. A requirement for an optimal treatment result with lens implants is a detailed preliminary examination. 

Lens implantation treatment methods and costs

Different types of lens treatment are available depending on the type and severity of the refractive error.

Multifocal lens (MIOL)

  • For patients with presbyopia and/or cataracts
  • Short-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism can also be compensated
  • Good visibility at all distances
ca. 2.800€ /Eye1

Phakic intraocular lens (ICL)

  • To correct severe myopia (-3 to -23.5 diopters) and far-sightedness (+1 to +12 diopters)
  • Optimal treatment age between 18 and 45 years (presbyopia cannot be compensated)
ca. 3.000€ /Eye1

Monofocal lenses

  • For patients with presbyopia and/or cataracts
  • Optimization of the view at a distance (Greek mónos = only)
ca. 2.800€ /Eye1

1The exact billing is done according to the German Gebührenordnung für Ärzte (GOÄ).

Lens implantation: treatment and procedure

The surgery: step by step to life without glasses.


Preliminary medical examination

Our doctors examine your eyes comprehensively and thus lay the foundation for your life without glasses.


Your lens surgery

Lens implantation only takes a few minutes per eye and is performed on an outpatient basis. We usually treat your eyes on two consecutive days.


Your start into a life without glasses

In the first few days after the treatment, your eyes will get used to the new way of seeing. We accompany the restoration of your vision with regular follow-up examinations.

Are you suitable for
lens implantation?

  • You wear glasses or contact lenses
  • You are 18 years or older
  • Your visual acuity is stable
  • You are in good health
  • No eye diseases are present

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How safe is lens implantation?

Lens implantation with multifocal or ICL lenses is one of the world’s safest and most effective correction methods for presbyopia, cataracts and severe ametropia. With more than xx eyes treated each year, lens implantations are standard treatments at CARE Vision.

Lens implantation with high quality technology

Our goal is the best possible viewing experience for our patients. With leading technology and the extensive expertise of our doctors, we enable optimal treatment results when correcting your individual ametropia.

Can you replace an artificial lens?

An artificial lens can be exchanged for another artificial lens. However, this is extremely rarely necessary. At CARE Vision, we only use high-quality artificial lenses to correct ametropia. As a rule, our patients tolerate these lenses very well and can enjoy their newly won freedom to the full just one or two days after the lens surgery.

Frequently asked questions about lens treatment (FAQ)

How does multifocal lens implantation work?

When implanting a multifocal lens (trifocal lens), the eye’s natural lens is removed through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea and replaced with an artificial lens. The entire treatment only takes a few minutes per eye and is completely painless for most patients thanks to numbing eye drops.

What is an ICL lens / phakic intraocular lens?

The ICL lens / phakic intraocular lens frees you from glasses and contact lenses. It is a lens implant that is placed on the natural lens in the posterior chamber of the eye in a minimal procedure that takes about 10 minutes per eye. The artificial lens cannot be felt or seen. It is custom-made for the respective patient in order to correct the existing short-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. This procedure can be used to correct several ametropia at the same time.

Will I feel the lens implant in my eyes after the procedure?

No, the lens stays in the eye and you don’t even notice it.

Is intraocular lens (ICL) treatment reversible?

Yes, because the natural composition of the eye is not changed by the phakic lens (ICL). The natural lens is preserved. This means that there is a harmonious interplay between the artificial lens and the natural structure of the eye.

What is the difference between multifocal and phakic intraocular lenses (ICL)?

In a multifocal lens implantation, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens to treat presbyopia. The aim of an ICL is to compensate for extreme visual impairments in younger years. Here the artificial lens is inserted into the eye in addition to the natural lens.

Who is a suitable candidate for multifocal lens implantation?

Basically, multifocal lens treatment is possible for most presbyopia wearers of glasses or contact lenses. However, there are various medical conditions that need to be checked during a medical examination.

Who is suitable for an ICL?

Patients between the ages of 18 and 45 who suffer from very high ametropia are suitable for the implantation of a phakic intraocular lens. Short-sightedness up to -23.5 diopters, long-sightedness up to 12 diopters and astigmatism up to 6 diopters can be compensated.

How does ICL treatment work?

When implanting a phakic intraocular lens, the eyes are first numbed with eye drops. The artificial ICL lens is placed in front of or behind the natural lens through a tiny opening at the edge of the cornea. The whole treatment only takes a few minutes.

How much does a lens implantation cost?

A lens implantation with multifocal lenses amounts to approx. €2.800 per eye; an ICL treatment to approx. €3.000 per eye. Billing according to GOÄ after completion of the treatment.

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