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Lens Replacement vs. LASIK and Other Surgical Options

Many people find that advanced vision surgery improves not only their vision but their quality of life. Refractive lens surgery, also known as refractive lens exchange or lens replacement, is a procedure that can help people who are farsighted or nearsighted, as well as those who have an astigmatism or suffer from presbyopia, the farsightedness associated with aging eyes. Lens replacement is one of the more effective options available and is often more beneficial than LASIK or other types of eye surgery. When you come in to see our team in Manhattan & Brooklyn, we will discuss refractive lens surgery with you in detail if we think it may be the best option for your unique needs.

What Is Lens Replacement Surgery?

In lens replacement surgery, the surgeon replaces your eye’s natural lens with an artificial version. The goal of this procedure is to give you sharper, improved vision and to help reduce your need for glasses, especially bifocals. Many people find that this procedure helps improve their vision significantly.

Will Lens Replacement Surgery Benefit You?

Lens replacement surgery is not appropriate for all patients. Because it is not FDA-approved for all types of vision needs, your eye surgeon will recommend this procedure only when he or she believes it is the most effective option for you. It is often available to those who will not benefit as much from LASIK or PRK surgery. For people with complex vision concerns, this procedure may be the best option.

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What Happens During the Lens Replacement Surgery?

Prior to the surgery, you’ll meet with our team to discuss your needs and symptoms. After a thorough exam, the doctor may recommend refractive lens surgery to you. This procedure involves replacing the clear, natural lens of the eye. The surgeon makes an incision in the cornea to gain access to the natural lens. After removing your original lens, the surgeon inserts an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. This is designed to correct your vision.

There are several types of lenses available for this procedure, including monofocal fixed-focus lenses, multifocal lenses, accommodating lenses, and lenses to treat astigmatisms. Your eye surgeon will determine which option is right for you.

Generally, this outpatient procedure takes less than 30 minutes, but you will need to rest afterward in our office and for several days at home. Most people see some improvement in their vision right away, although it takes several weeks to achieve peak vision.

The first step is to contact our experienced eye surgeon. When you visit us in Brooklyn or Manhattan, we may suggest refractive lens surgery. We’ll answer each of your questions and help you decide whether it’s the best solution for improving your vision.

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