Frequently asked questions about lens treatment (FAQ)
We have summarized the answers to frequent questions from our patients about lens treatment with multifocal lenses or phakic intraocular lenses (ICL) for you here. We would also be happy to answer your questions in a personal consultation. To do so, arrange an online video consultation or an on-site appointment at one of our CARE Vision locations.
About the suitability for lens treatment
Basically every age-vision glasses wearer. There are various medical conditions that must be confirmed after medical examination.
Yes. The multifocal intraocular lens we use at CARE Vision is used to correct all types of refractive error. There are spherical and toric lenses. A toric lens is used when patients have significant corneal curvature.
Yes, after laser vision correction, other eye surgeries are possible, such as cataract treatment, cataract surgery or lens implantation.
Cost of lens treatment
Multifocal lenses cost about 2,800 € per eye. A phakic lens implantation costs about 3,000 € per eye. Billing according to GOÄ after completion of the treatment.
The costs of lens treatment are covered in whole or in part by some private health insurance companies. Please ask your health insurance company directly for the exact conditions. Unfortunately, the statutory health insurance companies generally do not cover the costs of lens treatment.
About lens treatment
When implanting a multifocal lens, the natural lens of the eye is removed through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea and an artificial multifocal intraocular lens is implanted. The artificial lenses are compressed and shaped in such a way that they unfold in the capsular bag of the eye itself, taking the position of the original natural lens. The operated eye receives a bandage, which can be removed the next day.
The incision is so small that it usually does not even have to be sewn but closes independently.
Your eyes will be locally anesthetized by eye drops before the operation. So, you will only feel a slight pressure during the operation. After the procedure, you will usually not feel any pain.
According to the latest studies, over 97 percent of patients who have had a multifocal lens inserted in both eyes see sharply again after treatment both nearby, far and in the intermediate area and no longer need glasses.
Yes. The multifocal lenses are safe. In a comprehensive consultation, the doctor is happy to inform the patient comprehensively about the risks that any medical or surgical intervention can have. Our surgeons have a lot of experience. They have already performed more than 210,000 lens treatments within the group of companies. This is an important safety aspect, as well as the use of modern technology and the fulfillment of the highest hygiene standards.
The monofocal lens has only one focal point, so the plain is vision improved. The distance vision is thus corrected. However, the multifocal lens, a premium lens such as CARE Vision, has three focal points. This means that vision becomes possible again in the far range, at close range and in the intermediate range. The distance vision is thus corrected. However, the multifocal lens, a premium lens such as CARE Vision, has three focal points. This means that vision becomes possible again in the far range, at close range and in the intermediate range.
No. The eyes are only anesthetized with eye drops. This ensures a painless procedure.
Since the lens is inserted exactly where the natural lens was, you won’t feel any difference.
About the time after the lens treatment
Even after the treatment, your eyes are still under careful observation by the attending physician for three months. You will be invited by us for several follow-up appointments. Modern hygiene standards and effective follow-up treatment with antibiotics ensure that complications occur very rarely.
As a rule, you will be able to resume your usual activities the day after the procedure, but you should limit them to a reasonable level. Strenuous activities are to be avoided in any case. You should give the eye rest. In the first 24 hours after the procedure, the eye recovers significantly, and visual acuity gradually improves. However, it may take a few weeks to achieve optimal and stable quality of vision. You will be informed by us exactly how you should behave in the initial period after the treatment or what restrictions you may have to expect.
As a rule, you will be able to resume your usual activities the day after the procedure, but you should limit them to a reasonable level.
After only 24 hours, the eye recovers and vision increases. During this time, protection is the order of the day. Until full vision is achieved, you need to give the eye a few days. Together with you, we take care of the aftercare.
No, the lens is in the eye and the patients don’t notice anything.
In the best case, multifocal lenses remain in the eye for a lifetime; provided there are no other diseases of the eyes. This is prevented as far as possible by comprehensive preliminary examinations. Thirty years of experience with lens implantations show that multifocal lenses provide stability in the eye.
The lens material is biocompatible and well tolerated by the body. The lenses can therefore usually remain in the eye for life and do not need to be replaced.
If your natural eye lens is replaced by a multifocal lens, it is no longer possible to get a cataract. However, since the lens capsule can change over time, in some cases a so-called “after star” is formed, which is corrected with a YAG laser within a few minutes.