Refractive Lens Surgery


RLE surgery is also known as refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery. By using an intraocular lens (IOL), to replace the natural lens within the eye, this corrects short sightedness, long sightednessastigmatism and presbyopia. This surgery is suitable in patients in their early 40’s and older.


  • Is a painless procedure, performed under general or local anaesthetic with sedation.
  • Live free from a life of blur and dependence on glasses.
  • Cataracts cannot develop, as your natural lens has been replaced.

In August of 2015, Dr Phil McGeorge, FRACS FRANZCO, Principal Ophthalmic Surgeon at Perth Laser Vision, implanted the first Alcon AcrySof® IQ PanOptix™ IOL in the Asia-Pacific region into a patient after its world-wide release.

The PanOptix™ IOL is Alcon’s latest multifocal IOL, a trifocal lens that features an innovative optical technology designed to help patients adjust more naturally to their new vision. It does this in part by providing a comfortable range of near to intermediate vision (35 – 70 cm) with a crisp focal point at 40 and 60 cm, and by optimizing the transmission of light to the retina.

Since its launch, PanOptix™ has been adopted by leading surgeons worldwide.

Studies now show 95% of patients reported spectacle independence at all distances with this lens implant.

AcrySof IQ PanOptix Multifocal Lens Replacement Surgery

The AcrySof IQ PanOptix lens is designed to enhance contrast, reduce dependency on glasses, and improve functional vision. The lens offers multiple advantages over traditional intraocular lens implants:

  • Provides better vision for near, intermediate and far distances.
  • Improved contrast sensitivity.
  • Filters harmful UV and blue light.
  • Rich, vibrant colour perception.

Aspheric Design Advantage

Traditional lens implants have been spherical, producing some peripheral distortion. AcrySof IQ PanOptix lens is slightly flatter in the periphery and has been designed to provide sharper focus and better contrast.

The AcrySof IQ PanOptix lens is a permanent artificial lens used to replace the natural lens during lens replacement surgery. The PanOptix lens is made of a soft plastic. It is folded and inserted into the eye through a tiny incision only 2 mm across. After insertion, the lens gently unfolds to restore vision. The supporting arms of the lens maintain proper positioning within the eye.

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