Lasik vs. Clear Lens Replacement

There are lots of people who do not like wearing glasses or the feeling of contact lenses. They may seek treatment through Lasik, but not everyone is a suitable candidate for Lasik eye surgery. However, those people have another choice in vision correction through Clear Lens Replacement. Lasik is usually for patients suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, while clear lens replacement cures farsightedness, loss of color contrast, or color sensitivity due to aging eyes. Lens replacement can also be utilized to replace the natural lens before cataracts develops.

Clear lens replacement is a procedure that removes a patient’s natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens implant. Similar to the nature of a cataracts operation, but this surgery is administered before cataract development. This surgery also benefits those who do not wish to wear reading glasses after surgery with monovision.

Monovision will insert lenses bilaterally with an intraocular lens in the dominant eye to correct distance and the non-dominant to correct the near.

Knowing the Lenses

Everyone has two eye lenses in each eye that allows the individual to focus on objects to look at. The outer lens, the cornea, achieves its permanent shape by the late teens and early 20s.

The inner lens, crystalline lens, is flexible and allows to focus on objects at various distances. Aging causes the inner lens to lose flexibility and the skill to look at objects at different distances, especially those nearby.

Clear Lens Replacement for Farsightedness

This procedure is typically for those suffering from farsightedness and cannot gain any advantages from other procedures, such as Lasik. The surgery procedure is similar to cataract surgery, but the natural lens is not cloudy as it is in a patient with cataracts. Everyone who lives long enough has a possibility of developing cataracts, clear lens replacement, prevents the need for cataract surgery.

What Lasik Treats:

Lasik continues to gain popularity, but only treats cases of abnormal cornea or refractive errors. Lasik is a procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct vision problems for young adults, problems including:

  • Nearsightedness

  • Farsightedness

  • Astigmatism

Surgeons prefer to administer this procedure after a patient’s vision has stabilized and can achieve better results for decades of better vision.

Candidates for Clear Lens Replacement

Clear lens replacement is for those who cannot benefit from Lasik procedures. It treats patients suffering from presbyopia or extreme farsightedness (hyperobia). Patients who have a combination of both, may find this the only possible option for clear vision and reduce dependence on glasses.

According to WebMD, clear lens replacement may be appropriate for people with thin corneas, dry eyes or other problems with the cornea. It is a procedure that replaces the natural lens with an artificial lens. Clear lens replacement is also a procedure that can prevent cataracts from developing later in life.

Recovery from Surgery

After surgery is complete, patients will have drops placed to prevent infection, decrease inflammation and keep the pupil dilated. An eye patch is placed over to prevent from direct contact, but removed the next day of surgery.

Some limitations are involved to ensure proper healing. The treatment may make the eye(s) sensitive to touch and brightness, but driving and less strenuous activities can resume after three days.

Clear lens replacement surgery is best for patients with monovision, treatment prior to cataract development or for patients over 40.

Advanced Eye Medical Group will evaluate your vision and determine the true cause of vision loss. They will rightfully choose the best option that is suitable to your needs. If you find it tiresome having to wear glasses and you are not considered a candidate for Lasik, clear lens replacement may be the right choice for you. Call now to book your appointment for clear vision.