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Can I Get LASIK With Cataracts?

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Many people around the world want to get LASIK, and it’s easy to see why. LASIK provides better sight for those with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

It’s no surprise that people are looking to be free from glasses and contacts for good. But what about people with cataracts who also want LASIK?

Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye hardens and becomes opaque. This is due to clumps of protein massing together inside of the lens.

You can have your cataracts removed with cataract surgery, but not with LASIK. It is for this reason that people with cataracts should not undergo LASIK. Instead, if you have cataracts there’s a procedure called refractive lens exchange.

This is not to say that everyone with cataracts can’t get LASIK. Certain cataracts may be stable or don’t impede vision. In this case, you may be a qualified candidate for LASIK.

The only way to know if your cataracts are preventing you from getting LASIK is to have an eye exam. You can schedule a LASIK consultation at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ in Illinois right now!

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive lens exchange is quite different from LASIK. It works on some similar principles and even shares a few steps.

Both surgeries aim to improve vision by changing the way our eyes bend light. LASIK achieves this by altering the shape of the cornea. With RLE, your natural lens gets removed and replaced with a synthetic lens or IOL.

Removing a cataract is more complicated than removing it. During RLE, the entire natural lens is first removed and then replaced with an IOL.

Not only will an IOL take over what your lens did, but it can make your eyesight clearer than ever before!

How much an IOL reduces your dependence on glasses depends on what kind of IOL you get, and there’s quite a variety.

What Are My IOL Options?

A typical standard IOL is a monofocal IOL. This will not reduce your need for glasses, and could in fact make you rely on them more.

Monofocal IOLs correct for only one distance. This means that you will still need to use glasses for the uncorrected distance.

Premium IOLs come in several varieties such as multifocal, accommodating, aspheric, and toric. Each premium IOL has a specific task it’s designed for.

Multifocal IOLs correct for near and far distances, but don’t transition smoothly. Accommodating IOLs move inside your eye in a way that’s designed to be as close to your natural lens as possible.

This makes changing between distances much smoother. For some patients, accommodating IOLs may make close up objects less clear.

Aspheric IOLs reduce halos or double vision because they have a shape closer to that of the natural lens. Toric IOLs are specifically designed to correct for astigmatism.

Wondering if LASIK or RLE could be right for you? Schedule an appointment at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ in Hoffman Estates today!

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