An investigation has been ordered after surgeons raised concerns about the performance of a new eye implant.

Patients who have undergone corrective eye surgery to improve their sight have reported serious problems, including worsening eyesight and trouble seeing things at a distance.

The complaints all relate to a new implant which was introduced to the UK last year called Mplus X. It is aimed at middle-aged patients as an alternative to wearing bi-focal glasses.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now ordered an investigation after performance fears were raised by doctors.

George Settas, formerly an eye surgeon, said that “patients were complaining that they couldn’t see clearly, usually at a distance. Most were saying that they could read but that they could not see properly beyond their arm’s length.”

German manufacturer Oculentis, which makes Mplux X, has denied a fault with the implant. It says that poor outcomes are the fault of the surgeon, or because the lens is not appropriate for the patient.

A spokesperson for the MHRA said: “We are currently investigating and will take action if necessary. If patients have any questions they should speak to their optometrist or surgeon.”

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