While LASIK corrects refractive errors of the cornea, a refractive lens exchange replaces the natural lens of your eye with an appropriately-powered lens that can allow for clear vision at a distance and near. This surgery is typically reserved for patients over 45 whose natural lens has become less flexible, losing the ability to focus close, such as when reading. However, it may also be an option for people with extreme levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism who are not good candidates for LASIK or ICLs.
Refractive lens exchange is essentially cataract surgery with an intraocular lens implant to decrease dependence on glasses and contacts. The entire procedure is completed in about 10 to 15 minutes, and visual recovery is rapid. LASIK can be used after surgery to fine tune results when necessary. Patients who have had this surgery will never need to undergo cataract surgery in the future.
If you have trouble reading, it is often due to a natural hardening of the lens due to age. When young, you may have been able to read without reading glasses. It was because the lenses in your eyes could easily flex to focus on objects near and far. With a minor eye surgery, this problem can be resolved, leaving you with crisp, clear reading vision without glasses or contacts.
Several different types of IOLs may be used in this procedure:
Refractive lens exchange is a fully-customized procedure. It involves replacing the natural eye lens with a synthetic lens, just as what would occur in cataract surgery – but many people undergoing the procedure have not yet developed cataracts. After this surgery there will never be a need to have cataract surgery, as they do not form on synthetic lenses. The basics of the treatment is simply the careful and exacting removal of the natural lens, after which a synthetic lens is placed to restore vision, near and far.
This procedure is ideal for those who have the following vision problems:
At Pacific Vision Institute, our goal is to help you resolve your vision problems. We offer the most advanced treatments available worldwide. The first step is to meet with our team. We are recognized as being among the finest vision correction clinics in the world, the place where other eye doctors choose to come for their treatment.
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