How Long Does Lens Replacement Surgery Take?

When you look at your eyes in the mirror, you will see a colored ring with the pupil in the center. Behind this colored part, called the iris, is a clear, flexible disc called a lens. The lens focuses light as it travels through, giving you a clear picture. However, you may want to replace these lenses for several different reasons. Lens replacement surgery gives you new artificial lenses that do not experience any of the problems or downsides of natural ones. 

What is Lens Replacement Surgery?

Your natural lenses are marvels of biology, but they can undergo age-related changes or have other problems. Lens replacement surgery, which removes the natural lenses and replaces them with artificial ones called intraocular lenses (IOL), can be performed for several reasons. One of the most common is to remove cataracts, but new lenses can also be used to correct your vision. This procedure offers long-lasting results and requires minimal recovery time. 

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How Long Does Lens Replacement Surgery Take?

Your eye surgeons at Vold Vision are experienced providers of lens replacement surgery for cataracts and vision correction. Prior to the procedure, you will receive numbing eye drops and IV medication to relax you. Eye surgeons perform the procedure by making a tiny incision using either a specialized blade or a laser. The natural lens is gently removed, and the new IOL is inserted into the lens capsule. The entire procedure takes about five minutes per eye. 

The incision made in your cornea will heal without sutures. You can leave our office shortly after treatment, although you will need someone to drive you home and assist you with any driving for the next 24 hours. The entire process is quick, painless, and convenient. You will return the next day so your surgeon can check that you are healing normally. 

What Does Lens Replacement Surgery Treat?

Lens replacement surgery can be performed for several reasons. Regardless of the reason, the process is the same. The most common reasons to perform this procedure include:

Cataract Surgery

Most people can expect to experience cataracts as they age. As your lenses get older, the proteins can begin to clump together, leading to cloudiness, loss of color vibrance, and glare around lights. This condition is called a cataract, and the most effective treatment is to remove the aging, damaged lens and replace it with a new one. Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye procedures and provides a complete, lasting cure. 

Clear Lens Exchange

This procedure, which can be referred to as clear lens exchange (CLE) or refractive lens exchange (RLE), replaces your natural lenses with corrective ones that provide clear vision. We offer advanced PanOptix® lenses that can give you clearer vision at near, intermediate, and longer distances to let you enjoy life with little to no need for corrective lenses. 

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What is Recovery Like After Lens Replacement Surgery?

Because this procedure uses a very small incision and is minimally disruptive to your eyes, recovery is usually quick and easy. You will receive prescription eye drops to apply as directed. Many people notice clearer vision almost immediately after the procedure, and you can usually return to work and most other activities within a few days. Avoid strenuous exercise, swimming, or eye makeup for a week after surgery. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Lens Replacement Surgery?

Lens replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. You may be a good candidate if you have cataracts or want to correct your vision and prefer an alternative to LASIK and similar procedures. You may be a candidate for CLE even if you are not a candidate for LASIK. People with certain medical conditions might not be good candidates for this procedure, but only an assessment by an eye surgeon can determine this. 

How Long Does Lens Replacement Surgery Last?

One of the biggest benefits of lens replacement surgery is its long-lasting results. Your new lenses never need to be replaced and will not move. They can remain in place for a lifetime. Unlike natural lenses, your artificial ones will never develop cataracts. They will also remain unaffected by presbyopia (age-related loss of close-up vision), which affects almost all natural lenses over time. 

I highly recommend Vold Vision if you are needing any kind of surgery. My wife now has 20/20 vision.
Stewart A.

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