What You Need to Know About Refractive Lens Exchange

Over the age of 50 and wondering about your options for vision correction surgery? One procedure you may not know about is called refractive lens exchange. Though this surgery is not as well known as LASIK or PRK laser eye surgery, it is just as effective if you are a good candidate! Discover some answers to commonly asked questions in the short article below with the experts at BoydVision in Vancouver.

What is the difference between cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange?

In fact, refractive lens exchange is identical to cataract surgery but performed for patients who do not have the problem of cataracts. The goal of cataract surgery is to remove the cloudy eye lens that causes vision to become blurred. On the other hand, refractive lens exchange is performed to eliminate the need for glasses or lenses.

During the refractive lens exchange procedure, your natural lens will be replaced with a clear artificial lens. This new lens will help you see better and also reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts.

Who is a good candidate for refractive lens exchange?

Refractive lens exchange is an option for anybody in need of vision correction, but particularly those who:

  • Are aged 50+
  • Have a high prescription
  • Are extremely farsighted
  • Are experiencing the preliminary stages of cataract development
  • Don’t want to or can’t wear contacts anymore
  • Are tired of wearing glasses

How soon will I be able to see well after refractive lens exchange?

Most people report vision improvement almost immediately after the procedure, but it can take up to a week to fully recover.

Ready to book an appointment?

We’d love to speak with you and answer any other questions you may have about the refractive lens exchange at BoydVision. During our free consultation, you can expect a comprehensive assessment to learn about eye health and then determine your best treatment options at our respected laser eye surgery clinic in Vancouver.

Find out if refractive lens exchange is right for you by calling BoydVision today.