Despite getting most of the attention, LASIK is not the only type of refractive surgery. Premium lens replacement (sometimes called refractive lens exchange or clear lens extraction) is an alternative procedure that can correct mild to severe cases of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. In this blog, Dr. Shannon Wong and his fellow ophthalmologists at Austin Eye answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this highly effective procedure that can reduce your dependence on prescription eyewear.
Why Would a Doctor Recommend Premium Lens Replacement Over LASIK?
Many patients are great candidates for LASIK, but some are better suited to premium lens replacement. Age is one of the most relevant factors since a middle-aged person’s vision prescription changes due to presbyopia (age-related farsightedness). This often makes premium lens replacement the better option for many patients over 40. It may also be the better option for younger patients with severe farsightedness, since LASIK is primarily recommended to patients with mild to moderate hyperopia.
How Are Monofocal and Multifocal Lenses Different?
Monofocal lenses correct vision at a single point of focus, generally addressing distance vision. Unfortunately, this can leave your near vision blurry, meaning that you may still need to wear reading glasses. Multifocal lenses improve vision from multiple distances, and they are usually more beneficial for more complex prescriptions.
Austin Eye offers many types of premium lenses for correcting your vision. Your ophthalmologist can suggest the type of lens that corresponds with your unique prescription and budget.
How Safe Is Premium Lens Replacement?
Premium lens replacement is a very safe surgery with minimal complication risks. Over the years, the ophthalmologists at Austin Eye have achieved great results for hundreds of patients who are excited to see more clearly without needing to wear glasses or contacts. Research finds that over 95% of patients who choose premium lens replacement report significantly improved vision after.
How Does Premium Lens Replacement Prevent Cataracts?
Since cataracts can only form in a natural lens, the artificial lens used with premium lens replacement cannot develop hazy vision from cataracts later in life. In fact, premium lens replacement is essentially the same surgery as cataract surgery. Currently, about half of adults 75 and older develop cataracts. By having premium lens replacement during middle age, you can avoid the need for another surgery as a senior citizen.
Learn More About Premium Lens Replacement
The eye doctors at Austin Eye are happy to answer all your questions about premium lens replacement. Our experts can determine whether you are a good candidate for premium lens replacement or another refractive surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wong or a fellow skilled ophthalmologist, please call (512) 250-2020.