LASIK is not suitable for everyone. Due to age, previous eye surgeries, or certain eye conditions, patients may experience a better fit with alternative laser vision correction methods.
Refractive lens exchange
Traditionally, presbyopia (farsightedness), 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 a treatment option – refractive lens exchange. Refractive lens exchange offers an alternative to reading glasses by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
Here at Chicago Cornea, we use Alcon PanOptix trifocal IOLs and AMO Tecnis, which replace the eye’s natural lens during refractive lens exchange. 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!