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Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange

Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses are necessary for clear reading vision. Presbyopia cannot be corrected with vision correction surgeries such as LASIK. Luckily, there is an option – refractive lens exchange. Refractive lens exchange is allowing patients an alternative to reading glasses by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants, we use Alcon PanOptix trifocal IOL, AMO Tecnis, as well as the Bausch + Lomb Crystalens™, which replaces the eye’s natural lens during refractive lens exchange.

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While LASIK concentrates on correcting the cornea, refractive lens exchange replaces the natural lens of your eye with an advanced multifocal or accommodating intraocular lens (IOL), allowing clear vision up close, far away and in between. Additionally, patients undergoing the refractive lens exchange procedure will never have to worry about cataracts as they age, since the advanced intraocular lens will remain clear.

Refractive lens exchange is best suited for older patients who are hyperopic (farsighted) or myopic (nearsighted) and want to lessen their dependence on reading glasses. To find out if a refractive lens exchange is right for you, contact us today!

The Refractive Lens Exchange Procedure

During the refractive lens exchange procedure at Chicago Cornea Consultants, a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea. A special probe is inserted through the incision to gently break up and suction out the natural lens. An intraocular lens implant is then inserted into place. The entire refractive lens exchange procedure is completed in about 20 to 25 minutes, and visual recovery is rapid.

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What are the Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange?

There are several advantages to the refractive lens exchange procedure, including:

  • Quick visual recovery
  • Permanent results without the use of a laser
  • Eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future
  • Eliminates the dependence on glasses and contact lenses

If you would like to learn more about the exciting opportunities refractive lens exchange has to offer, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants today in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates to schedule a personal consultation.

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Artisan and Staar Visian ICL™ – Effective Nearsightedness Treatment at Chicago Cornea Consultants

Visian ICL ExamplePrior to the availability of the Artisan phakic intraocular lens (IOL) and Staar Visian ICL™ treatments, individuals with moderate to severe nearsightedness or thin corneas had little recourse but to correct their vision with contact lenses or glasses. Now with the innovative Artisan phakic IOL and Staar Visian ICL™ technologies, Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. offers a way for our patients to dispense almost entirely with the inconvenience of contacts and the cosmetic imposition of glasses. At last, our patients can have all the benefits that LASIK recipients have enjoyed for so long. If you have been denied LASIK or other treatment because of too-thin corneas or a too-strong prescription for nearsightedness, the Artisan phakic IOL and Staar Visian ICL™ technologies used by Chicago Cornea Consultants at all of our locations (Chicago, Highland Park, and Hoffman Estates) may be able to help you. To learn more about the Staar Visian ICL™, click here.


LASIK , or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd., our LASIK surgeons use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
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