Refractive Lens Surgery

In some instances, refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery is a better procedure compared to other refractive surgeries especially for people who have advanced presbyopia and hyperopia.

In this type of operation, the natural lens of your eyes will be replaced with artificial intraocular lens in order to restore your normal vision. This surgery will enhance sharper vision and will reduce and in some cases eliminate the need for contact lenses and reading eye glasses.

The procedure

In a lens replacement surgery, the procedure is the same with cataract surgery. The main difference is that in this operation, the lenses that are being replaced are clear, unlike in a cataract operation where the lens replaced is cloudy.
The lens replacement surgery takes approximately 15 minutes. Operation in each eye is done separately. It is advised that the other eye be operated a week after the first surgery.

During the RLE, anesthetic drops are placed in your eyes to create the numbing effect. This way, you will not feel discomfort or pain during the entire duration of the operation. After surgery, most people report that their visions immediately improve.

The final result of the lens replacement surgery usually can take several weeks to show. Sometimes, you will notice blurry vision and a scratchy feeling as your eyes will heal. These minor complications are passing. You are expected to resume with your daily activities after a week from the surgery.

You will not feel the intraocular lens in your eye after the procedure and the artificial lens will not be visible since these are implanted inside your eyes and not on its surface. It is also a permanent lens that will be implanted on your eyes which is designed to last in your entire lifetime.

Same with a cataract surgery, there are also three intraocular lenses that are available in this operation. Your surgeon will determine which lens to use and will judge according to the condition of your eyes and your visual needs. Here are the three IOLs:

• Monofical fixed-focus IOLs. These lenses give the user clear vision at either intermediate, near or far distances.
• Multifocal IOLs. Gives clear vision to user at multiple distances.
• Accommodating IOLs. This is a kind of monofocal lens that adjusts the focus at different ranges by modifying the position of the eye.

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