You have astigmatism or presbyopia (near vision) so you’ve been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK.
You had LASIK in your 20s or 30s but now that you’ve rounded 40 you need reading glasses.
You think you are stuck with glasses so you find the most affordable, most comfortable, least offensive pair you can find and deal with it.
You don’t have to deal with it.
Refractive lens exchange, also called lens replacement surgery or clear lens extraction, may be just what you need. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure puts things back into sharper focus and reduces your need for reading glasses or bifocals. The procedure is virtually identical to cataract surgery; it usually takes about 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis with each eye done separately, usually about a week apart.
Numbing anesthetic drops are used, so typically there is no discomfort. Most people report vision improvement immediately after surgery.
Normally, you won’t feel the IOL in your eye just like you don’t feel a dental filling in a cavity. The IOL is a permanent replacement for your natural lens and is designed to last the rest of your life. As an added bonus there is minimal risk of regression over time.
There is no “one size fits all” intraocular lens. This is why it is especially important to consult with a Vision Correction Specialty Practice like Capstone Vision. After a thorough exam and intensive discussion of your lifestyle and vision goals, Dr. Emmert-Buck will recommend an IOL that is most suitable for you.
Your options include:
A Monofocal fixed-focus IOL: This lens provides clear vision at distance, intermediate, or near ranges — but not all three at once.
A Multifocal IOL: This lens provides clear vision at multiple distances.
An Accommodating IOL: This is a type of monofocal lens that enables focus at multiple distances by shifting its position in the eye.
Schedule your appointment today and find out which lens is best for you.