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Lens replacement surgery abroad – Cataract Surgery in Poland – Information, Reviews and Cost.
During cataract surgery, a cloudy lens is painlessly replaced by a new, comfortable multifocal or toric lens implant. Lens replacement surgery is our most popular procedure as our clinic specializes in this particular treatment. Doctor Aneta Adamczyk – Ludyga who is responsible for performing surgeries is a highly recognized expert and a lecturer on courses for eye-surgeons. Our clinic offers the most innovative multifocal lens implants for cataract surgery that can significantly enhance your vision. Specially designed lenses can also correct astigmatism correction during cataract treatment.
In case you are looking for a natural lens replacement we also provide RLE – Refractive Lens Replacement Abroad – the procedure similar to the cataract surgery, however, this kind of lens replacement is used to correct presbyopia caused by ageing. To become glasses independent, we would recommend choosing a PanOptix Trifocal lens, which gives exceptionally good results. For your convenience, two eyes may be operated during one stay in Poland – thus you can save time and money, and achieve a new life without glasses. Refractive Lens Replacement Abroad is a great choice we highly recommend.
Benefits of undergoing the cataract surgery in Poland:
- Restoration of a perfect vision in a safe and convenient environment. We will guide you throughout the whole process of medical travel
- The superior quality of medical treatment
- An affordable cost
- No waiting time
- Aftercare. You will receive a contact number to your surgeon in case you have any post-operational questions
Cataract surgery in Poland – Cost, Lenses, Quick facts
|Expected outcomes||Clear vision, become glasses independent (if choose multifocal lenses)|
|Anaesthesia||local/procedure is about 15 minutes per eye|
|Stay in Poland – Basic Package||5 days – Two eyes could be operated during one stay.|
|Stay in Poland – Comfort Package||please contact us|
|Lenses||Alcon PanOptix Trifocal (recommended) / Rayner C flex 570 C / Alcon IQ SN60 WF / Topcon Oculentis Mplus add +3,0 LS-313 MF30 / Alcon Toric SN 6 AT Astigmatism > 1,5D / Alcon Acrysof Restor SN 6 A / Alcon Acrydof Restor Toric|
|Follow-up||recommended: next day, 2 weeks|
|Back to work time (office)||1 week|
|Expected recovery time||6 weeks|
|Approximate Package cost||Starting from 1000 GBP per eye / 1300 GBP multifocal lenses|
Modern, certified and highly-specialized clinic:
Your surgeon – Who will perform the natural lens replacement abroad:
The lens replacement surgeries are performed by one of the most recognized and valued eyes – surgeons in Poland.
Dr Iwona Filipecka – Manages the medical team of the Ophthalmology and Optometry Cente. Specializes in surgery for cataracts, glaucoma, refractive lens exchange (multifocal lens implants), as well as diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. A member of the Polish Society of Ophthalmology (PTO), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the European Society of Cataract Surgeons and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). The originator and one of the founders of the “Ophthalmologists for Africa” Foundation.
Dr Adamczyk – Ludyga is a lecturer and speaker on national ophthalmology courses, she conducts practical classes from premium toric lenses implantation for other surgeons.
Dr Lukasz Drzyzga – senior consultant specialist in eye diseases, at the followings wards of the University Ophthalmology Clinic in Katowice: Corneal Transplant Division, Cataract surgery, Ophthalmic surgery, Eye and Corneal Surgery Laboratory, and Refraction Surgery Laboratory. Over 10 000 transplanted lenses. International experience.
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1. General Treatment Information on cataract surgery abroad & RLE refractive lens replacement abroad
What are the advantages of undergoing a cataract surgery / RLE surgery in Poland?
The greatest advantage after the cataract removal surgery / refractive lens replacement is that your overall vision should be significantly improved. You will see clearer; colours will appear sharper, and your ability to see at night will increase. In more than 90 percent of cases, the patient’s vision is greatly enhanced. You will be able to skip glasses thanks to the great trifocal lens – PanOptix by Alcon.
b) About the cataract removal surgery procedure / About RLE refractive Lens Exchange Surgery Abroad
Cataract is a state when the lens inside your eye becomes less transparent. The lens is the crystalline structure that sits just behind your pupil, which is the black circle in the centre of your eye. During the lens replacement surgery in Poland, the lens inside your eye that has become cloudy/ unclear is removed and replaced with an artificial one to acquire back a clear vision. Most modern cataract procedures involve the use of a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks up the unclear lens into small pieces, which are then removed from the eye with suction. The most common and safe method is called “Phacoemulsification”.
The replacement lens is called an intraocular implant, or intraocular lens (IOL).
There are three types of lenses available:
- Fixed strength (monofocal) lenses –which are set for one level of vision, usually distance vision
- Multifocal lenses – which can be set at two or more different strengths, such as near and distance vision
- Accommodating lenses – which allow the eye to focus on both near and distant objects in a similar way to a natural lens. Using this kind of lenses can potentially reduce the chances of needing reading glasses after surgery.
There are also advanced technology lenses which allow correcting astigmatism, which has the UV filter and blue light filter. If planning to undergo a cataract surgery abroad we offer a wide range of multifocal and monofocal lenses (also with the correction of astigmatism).
If you suffer from presbyopia, and willing to improve a quality of living by becoming glasses-free the RLE (refractive lens replacement) procedure is the choice for you. A natural lens is painlessly removed and replaced by a new artificial Alcon PanOptix IOL trifocal lens implant to restore your vision. The surgery is performed in local anaesthesia and takes only about 15 minutes per eye.
c) Lens replacement surgery in Poland – Treatment Schedule
RLE and cataracts surgery usually takes about 30 minutes. It is carried out under local anaesthesia, meaning you will be awake during the procedure. The procedure is painless. Sometimes the doctor will give you some calming pills. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the surgeries could be performed in both eyes during one stay in Poland, to save your time and money.
The surgery starts with applying a local anaesthesia in the form of eye drops. Your eye will be disinfected. Then the surgeon will proceed the main part of the surgery, after placing a new lens in your eye you will have your eye dressed in a bandage for a couple of hours.
d) Cataract surgery abroad / RLE – potential side effects
What are the risks of undergoing a cataract surgery? What is the risk of RLE refractive lens replacement surgery?
As lens replacement surgery is an often performed and well-known procedure, our doctor – Dr Adamczyk – Ludyga is a great specialist (also a lecturer and speaker on lens replacement courses for other eye-surgeons) the complications are very rare – occures in less than 0,1% of cases.
After surgery, you will probably experience a mild pain around your eye, blurred vision, itchy eye or discomfort when looking at bright lights. You may wear sunglasses to reduce sensitiveness. Depending on the kind of lens implant you may need to wear glasses for short and long distance vision after the surgery because some artificial lens implants cannot focus on a range of different distances. We encourage to choose the new lens deliberately, as is a lifelong choice. The best technologically advanced lenses have special filters, correct presbyopia, and you don’t need to use glasses anymore. The main problem that can occur is a condition called PCO – posterior capsule opacification – a cloudy vision that reappears. It is not a cataract returning, but a skin membrane was growing over the back of the artificial lens. Less than 1 out of 10 patients after cataract surgery will eventually develop PCO within 2 years. If it happens, you will need to undergo laser surgery to correct it. Some lenses are made of special material which is less likely to occur PCO.
e) Cataract eye lens replacement surgery abroad / Refractive Lens Exchange – Full Recovery Time
After the surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous activities (lifting heavy objects), touching your eye, wearing make up for one week, swimming for two weeks, touching or rubbing your eye. It’s usually necessary to wait several weeks for your vision to settle down before an optometrist can give you a new glasses prescription.
2. Patient’s preparation for the cataract surgery in Poland
6 hours before the cataract surgery in Poland you should not use any cosmetics or makeup containing alcohol (you should not use any at all). In the day of the procedure, you should not drink coffee or alcohol. Use eye drops after removing eye shield and continue for four weeks. You will be taken care by our medical staff in private clinic in Poland.
3. Diagnostics in cataract treatment and surgery abroad
Before cataract surgery in Poland doctor performs a comprehensive eye exam to check the overall health of your eyes, evaluate whether there are reasons why you should not have surgery and identify any risk factors you might have. A refraction also will be performed to determine the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism you have before lens replacement surgery.
The doctor will take measurements of your eyes to assess the strength of the artificial lens that will replace your natural lens. Additional measurements of your eyes will be taken to determine the curvature of your cornea and the length of your eye.
4. Qualification for the lens replacement procedure in Poland
In some cases, the cataract looks very dense, however, the patient may still have good vision. In other situations, the cataract doesn’t look so bad to the ophthalmologist, but the patient’s vision is affected so much that they have problems with their daily activities. After a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will evaluate if the procedure can be done. You shall not wait until the cataract will develop. The surgery should be carried out is an as early stage as possible, as the risk of complications grows together with the cataract progress.
5. Lens Types - cataract surgery in Poland - multifocal and monofocal lenses
Monofocal & Multifocal lenses in cataract surgery (lens replacement) in Polish private clinic:
Rayner C flex 570 C – basic spherical lens
AcrySof IQ (Alcon IQ SN60 WF), aspheric IOL, monofocal lens, UV filter, blue light filter, stable after implantation, provides good vision from a distance and owing to the aspheric optics it offers better view quality.
Topcon Oculentis Mplus add +3,0 LS-313 MF30 – multifocal lens
AcrySof IQ Toric (/ Alcon Toric SN 6 AT astigmatism > 1,5D ) – astigmatism-correcting IOL, monofocal lens, UV filter, Blue light filter, stable after implantation, provides good vision from a distance and owing to the aspheric optics it offers better view quality. Recommended in Patients for vision correction, where both cataract and astigmatism occur.
AcrySof IQ Restor (Alcon Acrysof Restor SN 6 A) – Presbyopia-correcting IOL, multifocal lens, UV filter, Blue light filter, stable after implantation. Owing to the many focal points, it allows correcting the sight in both nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness. With this lenses, Patient can fully resign from glasses.
AcrySof IQ PanOptix – presbyopia-correcting IOL, trifocal lens, UV filter, Blue light filter, stable after implantation. Owing to the many focal points, it allows correcting the sight in both nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness. With this lenses, Patient can fully resign from glasses, perfect for Patients using computers or laptops daily. Has great Patients opinions, one of the best available lenses.
AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Toric – presbyopia-correcting IOL, trifocal lens, UV filter, Blue light filter, stable after implantation. Owing to the many focal points, it allows correcting the sight in both nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness. With this lenses, Patient can fully resign from glasses. Recommended in Patients where both cataract and astigmatism occur.
(…) My son found them online and from the moment he spoke to Katarzyna (Kate) we found them extremely courteous, professional, efficient and very helpful, from beginning to end. Aged 68 I have been wearing glasses for over 40 years. I developed cataracts in both eyes with my right eye very bad and with no vision from it at all. The NHS here said I would wait 4 years for treatment and the likelihood was I would end up blind before I would receive the treatment.
I live just outside Belfast and travelled Dublin to Katowice just a very short time ago. I had the procedure done with no problems at all and was back home in the “blink of an eye” 🙂 glasses-free!
Kate booked my accommodation ordered taxis and helped make my experience a delightful one so a very big thank you to her and everyone at the clinic. If you are considering treatment abroad I highly recommend Okulus Plus.
I previously had a consultation with Optical Express in Belfast who quoted me £10.700 for the same treatment which I received from Okulus Plus at a fraction of that price!
An excellent experience with the team here at EuroTreatMed. Everything was very well organised from arrival until departure, including clear explanations and translations of all the procedures. The facilities were as good, if not better than the UK and I had every confidence in the quality of both the medical and other support staff. Recovery has been in line with the expected schedule and there is already clear evidence of the procedure having been very successful. I thoroughly recommend.
We came as a patient and wife to Katowice as clients of Maja. My husband, the patient, needed the PAE procedure. We contacted clinics in various countries that carry out this procedure. Maja was the first to answer our enquiry and the good feeling about her services continued from that point on.. She answered all questions quickly and honestly , and was helpful in all matters from travel, to hotels, to money transfer as well as medical matters about the surgery. It is too early to post of the results of the surgery, but all things are looking good at this stage. The service from Maja was so good, that I would recommend that patients can easily travel alone and do not need to bring anyone with them .. which is very unusual in the medical tourism industry.... this makes the procedure even cheaper than the good value that it already presents. The experience was cheap, efficient, technically well done but the extra smiles, reassurance and friendly gestures from Maja made it a much better experience. We 100% recommend that you use her services if you choose to undergo any procedure in Katowice.
I had the prostate artery embolization procedure carried out on Wednesday 7th August at the Euromedic facility in Katowice. I arrived on Sunday 4th but it would be just as convenient to arrive on the Monday with the consultation taking place at around 4 pm on the Monday. I was met at the airport by the EuroTreatMed driver and transported to my hotel. The hotel that EuroTreatMed recommend is the Park Hotel Diament which is a 5 minute walk from the Euromedic facility. I would definitely recommend the hotel (excellent WiFi), it’s a very nice hotel excellent breakfast and has most of the facilities you could ask for. It is also just a 20 minute walk into the centre of Katowice and that is for a 74 year old. The Eurotreatmed representative picked me up at the hotel each day and took me to the clinic where I was processed for the consultation, MRI scans etc. Ms Swinder the Eurotreatmed representative could not have been more helpful and spoke excellent English explaining the program each day and ensuring a smooth and trouble free program each day. Following my consultation on the Monday with the doctor who was going to carry out the procedure who incidentally spoke excellent English the real work began on the Tuesday when I had the MRI scans etc. Then it was back to the hotel to wait for the procedure which was carried out on Wednesday. Wednesday morning taken to the clinic by Ms Swinder at 7 am and prepared for the procedure which took place at around 10 am and was completed by 1 pm when I was taken back to my hospital room. The actual procedure during which you remain conscious throughout was absolutely pain free and apart from the 3 hour duration it was less hassle than having your teeth cleaned. Following the operation, you have a bandage wrapped around your groin along with some hard-conical object which bears down on the entry point to make sure that it sealed up. For the next 20 hours you lie in bed keeping your movement to a minimum. This was probably the worst part, no food and no water although you are on a drip to make sure you do not dehydrate. The next morning at around 9 am another doctor comes in along with several other people, the bandage is removed and the entry point inspected and it was decided that everything looked okay and that I could be discharged that morning. I was back in my hotel by midday on the Thursday. You are also given a very basic breakfast which I was grateful for having not eaten for almost 24 hours. On Saturday the Eurotreatmed driver arrived at my hotel and delivered me back to the airport. On Sunday I arrived back home and I was able to get the urologist at my local hospital to remove the urinary catheter which I had been using since the end of February. It has now been a month since my procedure and I am very pleased with the results. My urinary flow rate is excellent far better than it has been for many years. I cannot speak too highly of the Eurotreatmed representative Ms Swinder who was always available and always in contact via WhatsApp and since arriving back home has continued to ask about my progress. Ms Swinder was also the contact before arriving in Katowice and was very helpful regarding the whole procedure from start to finish. My advice is that if you are having problems regarding urinary flow and are considering a procedure the PAE procedure is probably the least invasive and produces excellent results. I would definitely recommend Eurotreatmed I am not only pleased with the results but also the whole procedure from start to finish it could not have been handled any better.