For patients who want to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses but are not good candidates for LASIK, a refractive lens exchange involves removing the clear lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.
Similar but more advanced than the procedures that we have done for over 40 years during cataract surgery, a small blade free femtosecond laser incision is made into the eye and high frequency sound waves are used to emulsify and remove the lens. An implant is then inserted into the eye. The painless procedure takes about 10 minutes and no stitches are necessary. Visual recovery is quite rapid and the risks and complications are rare and include those of standard cataract procedures.
The implant options include monofocal (lenses providing good distance vision in both eyes), monovision (one eye focused for distance and the other for near) and premium lens implants, providing each eye with both distant and near vision. All your options are discussed during your free, no obligation evaluation.