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Specialty / Refractive Lens Exchange

Presbyopia is a common age-related vision disorder occurring in our early to mid 40’s.  The flexibility of the eye’s natural lens gradually dissipates making it difficult to focus our near vision.

Some patients interested in refractive procedures, are surprised to learn that they will still need reading glasses after LASIK, PRK, or ICL.  If you are a candidate for refractive surgery but desire treatment for presbyopia, a Refractive Lens Exchange (also referred to as Refractive Lensectomy and Clear Lens Extraction) may be the procedure for you.

The Refractive Lensectomy procedure involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with a multifocal lifestyle lens implant.  Refractive Lensectomy can help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia.

Benefits of Refractive Lensectomy

  • Rapid recovery
  • Lasting results
  • Eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future
  • Decreases the dependence on glasses and contact lenses

Who is a Candidate?

In order to determine your candidacy for Refractive Lensectomy, your surgeon will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend an intraocular lens implant (IOL) for you.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The procedure is similar to traditional cataract surgery and is performed at an outpatient surgical facility. After IV sedation is given, your surgeon will make a tiny incision to remove the natural lens and replace it with a foldable intraocular lifestyle lens. You are then checked in the office within the first 24 hours.

What to Expect After Surgery

Temporary blurriness and light sensitivity is expected but visual recovery occurs gradually and most patients return to normal activities after a week. Have you heard about bladeless cataract surgery?  Blade-free technology is available for refractive lens exchange patients too!

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