Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery & Treatments in Michigan

Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery From Michigan Eye Institute

If LASIK is not suitable for you, refractive lens exchange surgery provides an excellent alternative. This procedure aims to minimize your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, similar to cataract surgery. During a refractive lens exchange, an expert ophthalmologist at Michigan Eye Institute replaces the natural lens in your eye with an Intraocular Lens (IOL) so you have clearer sharper eyesight.

Our team of ophthalmologists offers cutting-edge refractive surgery and treatment options to clients in Michigan. To ensure a faster recovery, we utilize a specialized tunneling incision technique that eliminates the need for stitches. Request an appointment online to learn more about how refractive lens exchange surgery works.

What Are Refractive Lens Exchange Treatments For?

A refractive lens exchange can be a great fit for individuals with severe or age-related farsightedness, as it greatly enhances visual focus. This is a great option for eye conditions that aren’t well-suited to be treated by other types of eye care treatments such as LASIK, PRK, or phakic IOL refractive surgeries. Our staff of ophthalmologists and eye doctors provide safe and effective eye care solutions to clients in locations such as Flint, Fenton, Lake Orion, Lapeer, Grand Blanc, and Rochester.

Refractive Lens Exchange for Farsightedness

Age-related farsightedness, or presbyopia, is a common condition that can occur with virtually anybody since your eye lenses naturally lose elasticity over time. This results in making it harder for your eyes to focus on nearby objects. While reading glasses, bifocals, progressive lenses, or contact lenses can provide you relief from this condition, many people opt for refractive lens exchange surgery. This way, you can overcome your farsightedness with customized multifocal or accommodating lenses.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible For Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange is suitable for people who:

  • Are 45 years and older
  • Have to wear strong prescription lenses for distance vision*
  • May not have enough corneal thickness for LASIK alone*
  • Have early lens changes and desire refractive lens replacement surgery*

Your eye doctor can advise you in determining if you are a candidate for a refractive eye lense exchange as well as discussing possible risks involved and alternatives.

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Premium IOL Options

Astigmatism Correcting Lens

These advanced lenses correct higher levels of astigmatism and provide clear distance and night-driving vision. You will still need glasses for near and intermediate vision or driving at night.

Monofocal Lens

Monofocal lenses can provide clear distance vision for patients without astigmatism. You will still need glasses for near and intermediate vision or driving at night after you receive an eye lens replacement procedure.

Depth of Focus Lens

Depth-of-focus lenses provide a continuous range of vision at all distances and allow you to be free of glasses for 80- 90% of the day to fit your active lifestyle. You will still need glasses for near vision and possibly driving at night.

Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

Refractive lens exchange surgery is a huge win for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, thin corneas, and other conditions that prevent them from getting LASIK. Now, they can experience a visual transformation with:

Zero risk of cataracts
Zero risk of thickened corneas
Zero loss in corrective effectiveness
Quick Recovery

Refractive Lens Exchange vs. LASIK Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is the most popular procedure for treating nearsightedness and farsightedness. But, if you have an intense refractive vision issue or an abnormally shaped cornea, you’re better off getting a refractive lens exchange. Unlike LASIK, refractive lens exchange can fix any form of farsightedness. If you have severe farsightedness, you tend to have much more visual acuity afterward than you would if you had received a LASIK treatment.

If you have nearsightedness, most eye doctors and ophthalmologists recommend that you treat it with LASIK or PRK—unless you’re not a good candidate for those. Keep in mind that refractive lens exchange is more costly than LASIK and neither is typically covered by vision insurance. Give our team of ophthalmologists a call by phone at (810) 484-0550 to discuss the advantages of receiving a refractive lens exchange surgery or to request an appointment. Our doctors are committed to resolving your refractive vision issues.

Femtosecond Laser

A Refractive Lens Exchange treatment can be performed using the femtosecond laser. The experienced eye surgeons at Michigan Eye Institute create precisely centered and shaped incisions for each patient. After the incision is made, a new intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted to create a customized vision for each patient. Michigan Eye Institute offers the lowest cost for femtosecond laser surgery so that more patients can enjoy the benefits of customized vision.

Refractive Lens Exchange Results

The goal of refractive lens exchange is to curb your reliance on glasses and contacts. However, you may still need them depending on what kind of IOLs you get. Monofocal IOLs bring excellent clarity and contrast sensitivity, but you’ll most likely need reading glasses with an anti-reflective or photochromic coating. To see across various ranges, multifocal or accommodating IOLs can be integrated with a refractive lens exchange surgery to improve your vision.

These could even further reduce the need for corrective lenses, but visual disturbances such as halos or night glare tend to be more common. Our doctors provide comprehensive lens replacement treatments in areas including Flint, Fenton, Lake Orion, Lapeer, Grand Blanc, and Rochester. By talking to an ophthalmologist at Michigan Eye Institute, we can pinpoint your areas of concern and choose the right IOL for you.

Refractive Lens Exchange Treatments in Michigan

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your heavy lens prescription glasses or contacts, contact our team of ophthalmologists to discuss the benefits of receiving a refractive lens surgery. Our team will help you set up a consultation so we can hear your goals and determine how to bring you new and improved vision. Whether we decide on refractive lens exchange or another form of treatment, you can rest assured you’re working with the best eye care team and most cutting-edge technology around. Contact (810) 484-0550 today to request your appointment.

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