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Developing vision problems as we age is normal and, for the most part, unavoidable. Around the age of 40, the natural lens inside our eyes loses its ability to focus on objects near and far, a condition called presbyopia. Those with presbyopia typically need bifocals, reading glasses, or a laser vision correction procedure such as LASEK or PRK.

For many patients, a better alternative exists to correct presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia (farsightedness): refractive lens exchange.

Schedule an appointment at Eyesight Associates to learn which vision correction procedure is best you: 478-923-5872.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Also called a lensectomy, a lens exchange procedure replaces your eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens to correct your vision problems. This can reduce your need to use bifocals or reading glasses. The procedure is almost identical to cataract surgery, one of the most common and safest operations performed today.

The main difference between the two surgeries is that cataract surgery removes a cloudy lens that is obstructing vision. Lens exchange is performed on an uncloudy lens that cannot properly focus objects close up and far away.

How Lens Exchange Works

We perform lens exchange procedures on an outpatient basis. The procedure lasts about 10 minutes. The surgeon gives you numbing drops and a relaxing sedative, after which he or she creates a small incision on the side of your cornea. The lens is then removed and replaced with a new lens specifically selected to provide you with better vision.

Cataracts are part of the aging process, but those who receive a lens exchange before developing cataracts will not develop them in the future. In addition, the artificial lens is immune to the natural aging process of the eye, so it will last the rest of your life and you presbyopia or hyperopia should not regress.

The Results

Most patients notice an improvement in their vision immediately following surgery. You will be able to resume your normal, everyday activities as soon as the anesthesia wears off, which takes about 24 hours.

Since the artificial lens is located inside your eye, you won’t feel it or see it. Some patients might need to use glasses or contacts, but your dependence on them will decrease significantly. While your vision will not worsen over time due to the artificial lens, if you develop problems such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular conditions, dry eye, or other diseases, your vision might be affected.

If you are interested in learning more about refractive lens exchange or other procedures offered at Eyesight Associates, schedule an appointment today by calling 478-923-5872.