Lens Replacement Negligence Claims

If your eyesight has been impaired or damaged after lens replacement surgery you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors support patients who have developed complications and vision problems following lens replacement surgery. The negligence could relate to mistakes made during or after lens replacement surgery or from the failure to explain the potential risks and complications of lens replacement surgery to the patient and therefore obtain informed consent.

Devonshires Claims solicitors have helped clients obtain compensation for negligence relating to intraocular lens replacement surgery in which the lens’ were implanted in order to improve eyesight or as a result of cataracts.  Our legal experts provide a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. This means that you will not be charged any upfront legal costs in order to start your claim and if your claim is not successful, you will not incur any costs*.  For more information or to book a free case evaluation contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

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People who wear glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision may opt for lens replacement surgery, a common vision correction procedure. Lens replacement surgery is also used to treat cataracts.

There are generally two types of lens surgery:

  • Refractive lens exchange (RLE) – which corrects vision problems, including cataracts. In this procedure the eye’s natural lens is removed during the surgery, and replaced with a synthetic lens.
  • Implantable contact lenses (ICL) – in this procedure, the lens is not removed, but a synthetic lens is placed on top in order to enhance the functioning of the natural lens.

When your lens is replaced or enhanced during surgery, you will either receive:

  • Intraocular lenses (IOLs)
  • Or phakic intraocular lenses (Phakic IOLs)

The lenses available

The same  synthetic lenses are used in both cataract and  RLE surgery. There are various types of lenses and the particular lens inserted in the eye will be determined by the patient’s eye condition.

The two most common lenses include:

  • Monofocal fixed-focus IOLs

These lenses are designed to provide clarity for either distance, intermediate, or near vision. They do not correct for multiple ranges at once.

  • Multifocal IOLs

A multifocal lens is designed to provide clear vision at multiple distances, to correct the vision of those who are, for example, both near- and far-sighted.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is also known as refractive lens replacement, clear lens exchange or clear lens surgery.

RLE is generally used for people aged over 40 who have reduced vision (but not cataracts) and who are not suitable for either LASIK or PRK Laser eye surgery.

As with all surgery, the procedure comes with risks and patients should be advised of these. 

Some of the problems or risks associated with lens replacement surgery include:

  • Negligent care before, during or after the eye surgery
  • Residual vision problems following the surgery eg. Short or long-sightedness
  • Glare and halos.
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain and redness.
  • Retinal detachment. Although this can be corrected by surgery, there is a risk that vision may not be the same and in fact could be significantly impacted.
  • Being fitted with a faulty eye lens, which would possibly require replacement if complications arise.

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the UK with over 300,000 carried out annually.  Cataracts are small cloudy patches which develop on the eye lens. Typically they develop in older people, however there have been cases in which younger people have also developed the eye condition.  Because the subsequent blurred vision will affect sight, many patients agree to cataract surgery in which the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

Cataract surgery is also not without risk and similar problems to those arising from RLE surgery.

Many patients benefit from lens replacement surgery but it is possible for things to go wrong and success is not guaranteed. If your sight is worse after lens replacement surgery you could be entitled to claim compensation.

The damages you may be entitled to may include the following:

  • Compensation for the eye injury or loss of vision
  • Loss of earnings, future earnings and pension
  • Further eye surgery or treatment required
  • Care costs
  • Housing adaptation and relocation
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Compensation for dependants
  • Benefits & financial advice
  • Adapted vehicles
  • Travel costs
  • Legal costs

If you have suffered loss of vision, blurred vision, or other eyesight problems after a lens replacement surgery, you may be permanently affected and living with a life-changing condition. You may have had to give up your job, hobbies, and social activities due to these injuries. A compensation claim could provide you with the help you need.

Contact our ophthalmic negligence specialists today to discuss your case.

Why choose us to support you in bringing your compensation claim?

Devonshires Claims experts have successfully helped clients throughout England and Wales obtain compensation for their eye injury. Whilst we work on all types of medical negligence cases, we also specialise in claims in the ophthalmic industry.

We have previously represented clients who have:

  • Been misinformed as to the true risks of lens replacement / laser eye surgery
  • Experienced complications following cataract surgery or lens replacement surgery
  • Had an eye infection, experienced blurry vision or loss of sight following a medical procedure
  • Suffered eyesight problems following a delay in being referred for medical assessment

Our trusted medical negligence experts have successfully pursued compensation for individuals across the UK, including winning a landmark case against Optical Express where damages recovered were in excess of  £550,000.

As leading eye injury claims solicitors, we promise to work on your behalf to pursue justice and compensation for you and your family. For more information or to start your free case evaluation contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Client Stories

Failure to Explain Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery: £47K Compensation


Legal action following failure to provide information regarding risks of ophthalmic surgery and obtain the client’s informed consent to LASIK laser surgery.


£47,500 in damages – pre-trial settlement.

Compensation Claim For Negligent Cataract Treatment: £330K Awarded


Legal action following a failure of the NHS Trust to properly treat and advise the Claimant pre and post-surgery.  The result being that the routine cataract treatment has been unsuccessful and the Claimant is now registered blind.


£330k – Negotiated, without Trial.

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