Cataract & General Care

How Refractive Lensectomy Works:
Unlike the LASIK procedure, which alters the shape of the cornea, a refractive lensectomy changes the focusing power of the lens with the eye. The refractive lensectomy procedure consists of removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a lens implant selected to provide clear focusing ability, much like a modern cataract procedure. To begin, the surgeon makes a small incision of approximately 1/8 of an inch in either the white sclera or on the edge of the cornea. The surgeon inserts a delicate instrument to create a smooth, round opening in the outer capsule of the natural lens. Using an ultrasonic suction probe, the surgeon proceeds to gently break up and suction out the gel from the lens capsule. Then, the surgeon inserts a high quality lens implant of appropriate power and positions it securely within the natural lens capsule.

Who Benefits Most?
Patients with signs of early cataract development, and patients over 60 years of age who are dependent on corrective lenses for distance vision.

Specific Advantages of Refractive Lensectomy:
RL has a long history of predictable nad successful outcomes, fast visual stabilization and minimal side effects. RL procedures can be combined with laser or incision options to correct astigmatism. RL eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future, allowing patients to enjoy good vision for many, many years, without ever needing cataract surgery.

How Refractive Lensectomy Compares to LASIK:
The two procedures are almost too different to compare; however, they are both vision correction procedures. LASIK is laser surgery performed on the front surface of the eye. Refractive Lensectomy corrects the eye’s power from within by replacing the natural lens located behind the iris, or the colored part of the eye.

Possible Complications:
As with any surgery, there are some possible complications to a refractive lensectomy. However, the risks are minimal. They are as follows: -Increased possibility of retinal detachment; -Inner eye surgery complications; -Corneal surface surgery complications.

Post-operative Expectations:
The client should expect visual recovery to be fast and dramatic. Most clients experience some temporary blurring for a few days from tear film variations or some fluid in the cornea. Clients can also expect increased light sensitivity for a few weeks.

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Call us today at 615-559-4242 to schedule your appointment to find out if refractive lensectomy is right for you.

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