What is Lens Surgery?

Lens surgery is a popular option for those who want freedom from contact lens or eye glasses. It is a type of corrective surgical procedure offered to those with problems related to eyesight specifically for those with myopia, presbyopia and hyperopia. Lens replacement surgery is also an available solution with those who are experiencing severe eye dryness, developing cataract, thin cornea and other corneal related problems. One of the major benefits of this kind of eye surgical process is it totally eradicates any chances of developing cataract in later part in life.

Refractive lens exchange for presbyopia

Presbyopia is a common age-related eye problem which normal occurs when a person reaches 40. The condition involves having the natural lens become inflexible and firmer thereby affecting a person’s capacity to focus on nearby objects. Lens surgery is one of the best options for this condition although there are other non-surgical solutions for this such as wearing bifocals, multifocal and monovision contact lenses and even reading glasses. Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. It takes an expert to recommend this kind of corrective measure. Other refractive surgical procedure such as LASIK and PRK are not suitable solution for presbyopia since it does not address the issue directly.

Refractive lens exchange vs. LASIK

LASIK is a common option for myopia and hyperopia. However, if your eye problem is severe hyperopia or if it involves some abnormality in your cornea, RLE or refractive lens exchange is a better solution. RLE can rectify various degrees of hyperopia but this lens surgery procedure is not recommended for those with myopia since they are more at risk with retinal detachment during the process of clear lens extraction. RLE is also more costly than LASIK procedure and is not usually considered by insurance.

Refractive lens exchange results

In some instances, those who went through lens surgery normally require eye glasses or contact lens to further correct the eye and make the correction permanent. However, not everyone requires such reinforcement after the procedure. Based on researches conducted by FDA, 92% of those who went through the procedure never or rarely needed eyeglasses after the surgery, other studies yield similar results such as 80% and 88% of those who went through the procedure no longer needed eyeglasses for reinforcement.

Risks and side effects

Since RLE is conducted the way a cataract surgery is performed, its complications and side effects are also similar. Compared to laser assisted surgical procedures, lens surgery is more invasive thereby posing more risks to those who undergo the process. Some of the risks involve retinal detachment during the procedure, dislocated IOL, bleeding or infection in the eye after the surgery, blurry vision, glare and halo due to multifocal IOLs and droopy eyelids. The risk of having side effects is there but it can be mitigated if you would talk to your eye surgeon before you go through the process. Understand the different options available for you and see which option is most suitable to your age and condition.


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