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Why wait?

Say goodbye to glasses and contacts with clear lens extraction surgery

World-class consultant doctors

Minimal waiting times: fast access to the care you need

Competitive prices 

Why wait?

Say goodbye to glasses and contacts with clear lens extraction surgery

World-class consultants

Fast access to care

Competitive prices 

Minimal waiting times and high-quality care at your fingertips at
The Edinburgh Clinic

What is clear lens extraction surgery?
Clear lens extraction (is also known as refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery. It is used to treat short-sightedness (myopia) and long-sightedness (hyperopia) and is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. It is mostly used by people over 45 years of age.

What happens during clear lens extraction surgery?
During your first consultation, your specialist eye consultant will scan and test your eyes to determine whether your eyes are suited to the lens replacement surgery. The consultant will personalise your treatment according to the treatment and lens options suited to you.

Lens replacement surgery usually takes about 15 minutes and is performed on a day surgery basis. During clear lens replacement surgery, the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with a man-made intraocular lens, to change the focusing power of the eye. It is essentially the same surgical procedure as cataract surgery, which is carried out on millions of people each year. But in clear lens extraction, the eye's natural lens is not clouded. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is used to measure your eye for the correct lens power. The consultant will also take your lifestyle and activities into consideration.

Types of lenses:

The types of lenses used in replacement surgery can, for suitable patients improve vision and reduce dependency on spectacles post-operatively.

Options available include:

Monofocal lens – A monofocal lens has a fixed focal focus for one distance, most commonly used to correct distance vision.

Toric lens – A Toric lens has an uneven surface and is used to correct astigmatism.

Multifocal or Trifocal lens – A Multifocal or Trifocal lens can help you provide excellent vision at all distances.

The benefits of clear lens extraction surgery are that:

  • the normal shape and thickness of the cornea remains unchanged
  • the need for cataract surgery in the future is eliminated
  • it enables people with mild cataracts to have vision correction surgery
  • patients recover rapidly from the procedure
  • it may be a better option than LASIK, PRK, LASEK refractive surgery for some people with presbyopia and high hyperopia (farsightedness).

At The Edinburgh Clinic, we offer a specialist Eye Clinic for fast access to appointments with Consultant Ophthalmologists. We treat thousands of patients each year, for a wide range of eye and vision concerns, ensuring that patients get the best possible outcome, no matter what their diagnosis. Our experienced ophthalmology consultants diagnose and treat patients with a range of eye problems, including conditions associated with the natural ageing process.

We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for clear lens extraction surgery starting from £3,095 (terms and conditions apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling 0131 516 7277.

Our areas of expertise include

Highly experienced world-class surgeons

Excellent patient satisfaction and outcomes

Minimal waiting times - fast access to diagnosis and treatment

Outstanding clinic rated reviews

Experienced and friendly team here to support you at every step of your journey

A team that goes above and beyond to care for you

What's included in your inclusive self-pay package?


Personalised treatment plan

We know everyone is different, so your treatment plan will be individually tailored to you and designed to suit your specific healthcare needs and lifestyle


Pre-operative care

All pre-operative assessments and any tests or scans undertaken while you are at The Edinburgh Clinic for the procedure will be covered - so no hidden costs or fees


World-class expert team

All inpatient treatment costs as part of your procedure are included. This includes consultant, hospital, nursing, imaging and physiotherapy fees as applicable



Our expert care doesn't end when your procedure does. All aftercare including medication for up to 7 days and one follow-up appointment post-surgery is included in your package


We are committed to protecting our patients and staff from Covid-19.

We have introduced additional risk assessments, new health and safety and infection control measures, and additional staff training to protect everyone on our premises from Covid-19, in line with all official guidelines. Read more about our measures to protect patients from Covid here.

Three flexible ways to pay

Pay for yourself

You can choose to pay for the treatment you have with us with consultations from £200.

Private insurance

We work with all the leading providers and your treatment could be covered by your insurer.

Interest free loan

We offer finance options so you can pay for your treatment in regular interest-free installments*.

We'd love to hear from you

If you are considering paying for your own surgery and need more information or have a price enquiry and would like to speak to our Self-Pay Team, please fill in the form below and one of our team will contact you as soon a possible.

For more information and prices, speak to one of our friendly self-pay advisors by calling 0131 516 7277 or click here to book an appointment

*Subject to availability