Unlike Lasik surgery, which alters the shape of the cornea, a refractive lens exchange alters the focusing power of the lens within your eye. This procedure is much like cataract surgery in that the natural lens of your eye is removed and replaced with a lens implant. This lens implant will stay inside your eye without further care after the surgery. Patodia Eye Institute offers a wide selection of lens options that will provide you with the best vision possible. You can take a look at the lens options available to you here. Note that glasses may be required for near vision, such as reading, for some lens options.
The refractive lens exchange is a simple 15 minute outpatient procedure that is completely painless.
- To begin, the surgeon makes a small incision in either the white area of the eye or on the edge of the cornea.
- A delicate instrument is inserted to create a smooth, round opening in the outer capsule of the natural lens.
- Using an ultrasonic suction probe, we gently break up and suction out the gel from the lens capsule.
- Then, the surgeon inserts a high quality lens implant, and positions it securely within the natural lens capsule.