As our eyes age they often develop a condition known as presbyopia, which typically means that glasses or contact lenses will be needed to read. Presbyopia is vision condition that cannot be cured with laser vision correction. Fortunately, there is an alternative to glasses or contacts, a Refractive Lens Exchange.
Refractive lens exchange allows patients to reduce or even eliminate the need for reading glasses and presbyopia through an advanced multifocal intraocular lens. At Toledo LASIK & Cataract we offer ReStor, ReZoom and Crystalens, which are used to replace the natural lens of your eye during the refractive lens exchange.
LASIK concentrates on correcting the shape of the cornea, while Refractive Lens Exchange replaces the natural lens of your eye with an advanced multifocal or accommodating intraocular lens (IOL), allowing clear vision at every distance. An additional benefit to the refractive lens exchange is that you’ll never have to worry about cataracts because the multifocal IOL will remain clear as your eyes age.
During the Refractive Lens Exchange procedure at Toledo LASIK & Cataract, our doctors will make a small incision in the edge of the cornea. A small probe is inserted through the incision to gently dismantle and vacuum out the damaged lens. The multifocal intraocular lens implant is then inserted into place. The entire Refractive Lens Exchange procedure is completed within a half an hour, and improvements in vision are seen quickly.
Refractive Lens Exchange is ideal for older patients who have hyperopia or myopia and are looking to decrease their need for glasses. If you’re interested in learning more about Refractive Lens Exchange please contact Toledo Cataract & LASIK at 419-346-2020 for more information or to schedule your appointment.