Or those people looking for a better option than Lasik, refractive lens exchange may be an excellent replacement. This surgery will replace the natural lens in your eyes giving you a sharper focus and decreases the need for bifocals. You will not need to use reading glasses anymore either if you get lens replacement surgery.
The only downside of lens replacement surgery is that it has not been FDA approved yet. However, there are many surgeons that will give patients the procedure under certain conditions. This is an extremely popular and effective choice in rectifying vision problems. People that suffer from either farsightedness or presbyopia are perfect candidates for refractive lens surgery. LASIK is not a good choice for people with those conditions. Refractive lens surgery will be the only way people with farsightedness that are severe can get a clear vision without having to wear glasses. It may also be suitable for people that are nearsighted. However, if individuals that are nearsighted can get LASIK or PRK, replacement surgery would not be recommended.
Replacement surgery is like cataracts surgery. A cloudy lens is replaced during cataracts surgery vs. a clean lens for replacement surgery. That would be the only known difference between the two. There are three types of IOLs available as a replacement to a person’s real lens which is: Monofocal fixed, multifocal IOLs, and accommodating IOLs. Monofocal fixed lenses give people clear distance vision compared to multifocal which gives patients multiple clear distances. Accommodating IOLs, on the other hand, provides patients with the ability to concentrate at various distances by changing the position of their eye. A patient cannot decide with IOL they would like. An eye doctor or surgeon will make that decision depending on the patient’s individual needs.
The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes to complete. It is quick. It is done at an outpatient clinic. Doctors will only perform one eye at a time spread out within a week. Eye surgeons will numb the eye using anesthetic drops so patients will not experience any pain. Most patients can count on an improvement in their vision soon after their surgery is complete. It normally takes up to a week to recover 100% from replacement eye surgery, and one can resume their normal activities thereafter. Sometimes it can take a total of 3 weeks for the full effect to take place from replacement eye surgery. Some patients have experienced blurry vision or even a scratchy eye sensation during the healing process. Patients will not be able to feel the IOL within their eye and others won’t be able to notice anything. The best thing about having replacement eye surgery is that it is a permanent solution to eye problems.
There are some people who still use eyeglasses or contact lenses after having replacement eye surgery. This is dependent on the type of eye vision issue a person may have. It also depends on the type of lens used during the surgery. For patients that have received monofocal IOLs, they will need to wear glasses just for performing tasks up close. However, this enables people to see a lot clearer afterward.
Some risks associated with replacement lens surgery include: Retinal detachment, dislocated IOL, infection or bleeding inside the eye, glare or halos, and a droopy eyelid. This procedure does come with a much higher risk of complications and people need to be aware of this prior to having this done. It may not be an issue however for those who would not have to be as dependent upon their contacts or glasses. An eye doctor can give more information.