Lens Exchange

crosssection-of-eye-co.jpgCataract surgery with a lens implant is one of the most commonly performed eye surgeries in the world. This surgery is typically performed on patients in their 60's and older and nearly everyone will require this surgery to maintain their vision if they live long enough. As technology advancements in lens options continue to improve, new uses are being discovered. For example, a lens exchange may be a better alternative for mid-life patients considering LASIK refractive surgery.

A lens exchange is a surgical option where the crystalline lens of the eye is removed and an artificial lens is implanted in its place. This surgery is similar to cataract surgery, only in this case the lens has not developed a cataract causing obstructed or cloudy vision.  It is most commonly used to treat those in their 40's and 50's who have not yet developed cataracts but will likely develop them in the next 10 to 20 years. Lens exchanges are beneficial for those with nearsightedness or farsightedness  much like LASIK refractive surgery who want to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It may also be an option for those who are not candidates for other types of refractive surgery.