Tired of Wearing Contacts? Consider Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive surgeries are done for vision improvement. These eye surgeries help to correct different refractive errors for our patients in San Antonio, TX, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Your vision depends on how well your cornea and lens can focus light on your retina. For your retina to work best, light must refract to focus accurately. Refractive errors are caused by a poorly-shaped cornea, which can lead to cloudy or blurry vision.
The goal of this surgery is to reduce or eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after surgery. At Focal Point Vision, our doctors can evaluate your eye health to decide if you would benefit from refractive lens exchange surgery in San Antonio, TX. We also can discuss the benefits of refractive lens exchange vs LASIK surgery during your visit to our eye center.
What is refractive lens exchange surgery?
At Focal Point Vision, we can discuss if refractive lens exchange surgery will help you reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after surgery. It is similar to cataract surgery as your natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens. This will almost instantly improve your vision. The surgery takes just 10 – 20 minutes. This is great for patients with myopia or hyperopia who are not eligible for LASIK. A small incision is made into your cornea using specialized technology that helps split up your lens and remove it. Next, a new custom intraocular lens is implanted in its place, which will improve your vision. These lenses don’t break down over time and won’t ever need to be replaced, making them a permanent solution for refractive errors in patients of all ages. Most patients see an improvement in their vision in a week.
Who is the best candidate for refractive lens exchange?
During your consultation, our doctors can determine if you’re a candidate for refractive lens exchange surgery. The best candidate has astigmatism or myopia with a consistent eyeglass prescription and is in good health.
Will I need glasses or contact lenses after refractive lens exchange surgery?
Most of the time, our patients at Focal Point Vision won’t need contacts or glasses after their laser vision correction surgery. However, this will vary from patient to patient. Your results depend on how well your cornea responds to laser energy and how well you heal after eye surgery. LASIK has been known to cause irregular astigmatism with blurry vision, but this is rare. Most people who have less-than-perfect vision after their refractive surgery only experience mild or tolerable symptoms during their recovery.
Learn which refractive eye surgery offers the best results in San Antonio, TX
Most refractive eye surgeries at Focal Point Vision are quick and free of pain. During a consultation, our doctors can inform you which refractive surgery will give you the best results. Refractive lens exchange is especially great for those who want to stop wearing contacts. To schedule this consultation, call our San Antonio, TX eye center today to learn more about refractive lens exchange and other eye surgeries available.