The lenses, already in use in Germany and the United States, cost £600 each, ten times as much as standard IOLs. They are being offered for the first time in Britain to private patients having operations for cataract or presbyopia — age-related deterioration of sight — at the London Eye Hospital.
*Bobby Qureshi, a leading eye surgeon who has so far used the technique in ten operations, said the total cost of an operation and adjustment would be up to £3,000 per eye, “but patients think it is worth it”.
“We have the potential here to change patients’ vision to how it was when they were young,” he added. “The technology allows us to make adjustments after the lens is in place and healing has occurred.
“The change is so accurate that we can even make the lens bifocal or varifocal, so as well as giving them good vision at distance we can give them good vision for reading. They won’t need their glasses at all.”
Mr Qureshi said that patients could achieve “better than perfect vision” because the adjustments could account for natural imperfections in the eye, known as high-order aberrations, that can subtly affect vision.
“This is probably the greatest advance in lens technology since the first ever intraocular lens was implanted 60 years ago,” Mr Qureshi said.