The lenses of your eyes play a vital role in helping you see clearly. Lens replacement surgery replaces your lenses with corrective artificial ones. Your new lenses can liberate you from glasses or contacts and let you enjoy a new view of the world.
What is Lens Replacement Surgery?
Lens replacement surgery is often called refractive lens exchange (RLE). Eye surgeons perform this procedure for a variety of reasons. Lens replacement surgery can help many people who do not make good candidates for laser vision correction. Unlike LASIK and other laser procedures, refractive lens exchange can even treat presbyopia, a change in the lens that develops with age and causes trouble with reading and similar tasks.
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How Does Lens Replacement Surgery Work?
During lens replacement surgery, your eye surgeon uses a tiny incision to extract your natural lens. They will place an artificial corrective lens inside the capsule. This lens will adjust the angle of light entering the eye to help it focus correctly for sharper, clearer images. At Vold Vision, we offer the PanOptix® lens for superior vision improvement. The PanOptix® lens can improve vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.
What are the Benefits of Lens Replacement Surgery?
People choose refractive lens exchange for several reasons. These lenses can free you from the need for glasses, contact lenses, and even reading glasses. Other benefits include:
- The world will look brighter, sharper, and more vivid
- The procedure takes as little as 15 minutes
- You will notice less glare, especially at night
- Customized lenses ensure the perfect match for you
- Your new lenses will never develop cataracts
- No uncomfortable contacts or inconvenient glasses
Once in place, your new lenses need not be removed or replaced. Unlike a natural lens, they will not harden with age. You cannot feel the artificial lens and will never notice its presence except through the improvements in your vision.
What is Recovery Like From Lens Replacement Surgery?
Refractive lens exchange uses a tiny incision that requires no sutures. It begins to heal immediately after surgery, and most people have clear vision within 24 hours. You can usually drive and return to work within a day or two. Avoid swimming and contact sports for a week after your procedure. You should also wait a week before applying eye makeup.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lens Replacement Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for lens replacement surgery even if you are not a candidate for LASIK. The best candidates for this procedure want to achieve lifelong vision improvement. You should have generally healthy eyes and reasonable expectations about your results. Only an eye surgeon can determine whether you are a candidate.
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You’ll benefit not only from the latest technologies available but also from our compassionate, personal approach. You’re more than a patient at Vold Vision in Bentonville and Fayetteville. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible while evaluating the optimal treatment plan just for you. We invite Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale residents to contact us today for a consultation at (479) 442-8653.