Clarivu™ is the alternative to laser eye surgery – for people over the age 45 and who suffer from short or long sightedness and who want to retain their youthful vision and reduce their need for glasses and contact lenses.
Clarivu™ is a customised refractive lens exchange procedure where the ageing natural lens of the eye is removed and is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL) to give you the best quality of vision for your specific needs. Clarivu™ is available exclusively through the Optegra eye hospitals – a network of specialist eye hospitals around the UK.
Our medical director, Mr Rehman, is one of the countries leading experts in Clarivu™ having regularly delivered life changing vision correction treatments to his patients for over a decade.
One of the major advantages of Clarivu™ is the complete elimination of the future need for cataract surgery – as many people in their fifty’s and beyond already have the beginnings of a cataract, then having Clarivu ™ will not only provide excellent eyesight but as a real bonus totally eliminate the cataract and prevent the need for future cataract surgery.
Clarivu™ is performed using just a couple of anaesthetic eye drops and the surgery will, in expert hands, take around 10 minutes. Clarivu™ is generally performed on one eye at a time – with the fellow eye being treated a week or two later.
F.A.Q’s about Clarivu™ Permanent lens replacement
- But whats wrong with my natural lens ?
We don’t normally recommend Clarivu™ for people under the age of 45 without special reasons. This is because the natural lens in our youth is an absolute marvel of biological engineering! However problems that arise with ageing of the natural lens are;
1) The natural lens hardens & grows throughout life . This leads to a loss of flexibility in the lens and despite the muscles and ligaments around the lens continuing to work well this loss of flexibility produces the dreaded symptoms of middle aged near vision blurring. This process starts early in life but symptoms of blurred close vision don’t usually start manifesting until our mid forty’s and beyond. This process is called presbyopia and will continue marching onwards with ever stronger reading glasses being required every few years for many people until age 70 or so. Clarivu ™ can arrest this process by exchanging the aged natural lens with a lens implant that will remain stable in its effects for the rest of a patients life.
2) The natural lens takes on a yellowish brown discolouration as it ages. Many people only realise how much their colour vision is affected by this change once Clarivu™ has been performed and a beautifully transparent lens implant has replaced the ageing lens! One of the things that people most frequently comment on is the amazing colour transformation that Clarivu™ / RLE can bring to a patients visual spectrum.
3) If the ageing process continues to take the natural course the inevitable end result will be cataract formation. Clarivu™ and RLE can of course arrest this process by replacing the declining natural lens with a lens implant and prevent the onset of potentially debilitating cataract in a patients later years.
- Is this right for me ?
If you are aged over forty five and are becoming fed up of glasses or contact lenses and would prefer to lead a life virtually free from glasses, permanently, then Clarivu™/ RLE may be suited to you. Obviously every case is unique and only by sparing an hour or so for a free of charge consultation can you find out if you are ideally suited or not.
- I have cataracts - can I still have Clarivu™/ RLE
if you already have cataracts then you can enjoy the triple benefit of having your cataract removed, prevent future cataract formation and get greater independence from glasses /contact lenses permanently by opting to have Clarivu™ (essentially identical to customised cataract surgery) .
- I have Cataracts & am insured- can I still opt for Clarivu™
However please be aware that most medical insurance companies do not cover for the full costs incurred in having customised / multifocal or toric lens implants with cataract surgery – any or all of which may be required to gain the full benefit of Clarivu ™.
Please be aware that you need a diagnosis of cataract with visual impact in order to secure any cover from a medical insurance organisation.
In such cases there will be a shortfall and our staff will be able to advise you on the level of shortfall on an individual basis.
- How does Clarivu™ differ from Refractive lens exchange ?
Clarivu™ is more a process rather than an individual procedure. All Clarivu treatments are carried out under the stewardship of the Optegra eye hospitals and with Optegra’s lifetime assurance of aftercare which includes any enhancement procedures such as laser vision correction and /or laser capsulotomy treatments when required.
This level of aftercare is especially uncommon with many other providers of the equivalent surgical procedure – Refractive lens exchange.
With Clarivu™ patients can be assured of outstanding levels of care and service from the providing hospital as well as the reassurance of a highly experienced consultant eye surgeon to take you through the journey.
Refractive lens exchange as a procedure is identical to Clarivu™ and is more widely available through a wider range of organisations ranging from individual consultant eye surgeons to high street corporate providers and everything in between. The precise terms and conditions governing aftercare for RLE will vary from place to place but with the highest quality providers similar levels of cover may be available.
- Can I have Clarivu™ with Bettersight ?
Bettersight eye consultancy and its founder and medical director Mr Shafiq Rehman work closely with the Optegra group. For those people who wish to consider Clarivu™, Bettersight operates through the Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital, collaborating at every level to help provide a truly world class service.
- How long will the effect of Clarivu™ last?
The really great news is that Clarivu™ will have a life long impact on your eyesight. The lens implants do not degrade or degenerate- unlike the natural lens -which unfortunately will degrade and changes substantially in the years leading up to full cataract formation.
For this reason people who have had Clarivu™ or Refractive lens exchange will be expected to have pretty stable eyesight for the rest of their lives.
- Will the procedure hurt?
Most people describe very little discomfort during the procedure -typically just a few seconds of pressure and no sharp pain !
- Are needles or injections involved?
At Bettersight over 99% of people that we treat with Clarivu™ or RLE will require simple numbing eyedrops and nothing else. For our more anxious patients we do offer a simple light sedation to help ease the nerves but we just do not find the need for administering eye injections to help with the operation.
- Is there a risk of blindness from Clarivu™?
We feel the risks of blindness arising from these procedures is absolutely microscopic - probably a risk not dissimilar to the risk of a fatal car crash with just a few miles of driving.
- How soon can I go back to work?
For office based occupations we recommend just a couple of days off work before resuming normal activities. For more manual work we may advise up-to a week off work.
- Can I have both eyes treated with Clarivu™ on the same day?
It is feasible to consider treating both eyes on the same day for special circumstances. However :
At Bettersight we adopt a safety before convenience ethos and by treating your two eyes apart we do not expose both eyes to the same risks at the same time. We feel this time separation helps to minimise risk and we strongly encourage all our patients to have their two eyes treated on different days.
A recent innovation with Clarivu™ is treat your two eyes on a thursday – tuesday schedule so only separated by little more than a weekend. Down-time is thus reduced to a minimum for people with very busy schedules but safety is kept to the highest level possible. This is becoming an increasingly popular approach with our patients both with Clarivu™ as well as cataract surgery.
- How long before I can wear eye-makeup again?
We advise just one week without eye makeup after each procedure.
- When can I resume exercise after Clarivu™ ?
We advise a minimum of two weeks without golf, three weeks without ‘vigorous exercise’ and four weeks without swimming – after which its back to normal again !