Advancements in the technology of intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are used to replace the natural lens in our eye, have made Refractive Lens Extraction (RLE) an attractive option for patients ages 40-70 looking to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses and contacts. For some, this procedure may be a better alternative to LASIK.
When we are young, in our 20s and 30s, our lens is clear and elastic. It is able to change its shape to focus on objects at different distances, much like a camera lens. As we reach middle age however, the lens begins to become rigid, and we lose the ability to do this. This process results in requiring reading glasses to see well up close and is known as presbyopia.
Over further time, the natural lens will undergo both a gradual process of yellowing and a gradual process of clouding, eventually becoming opaque. Lenses which have begun to become opaque are called cataracts, replacing them is called cataract surgery.
While it used to make sense to wait until a cataract formed to replace your lens, recent advancements in technology have now made it worthwhile to consider having your lens replaced as early as your 40s, as doing so can eliminate your need for reading glasses, distance glasses, and/or contacts.
Today, advancement in new lens technology has given Envision Lasik Centre the opportunity to offer several IOL options to best fit your needs and lifestyle. After eye measurements are taken, your doctor will help you decide which lens is right for you based on physical and personal factors. Some personal factors to consider are activities you’d like to perform without the need of glasses, specific distances you’d prefer to see clearly without glasses, and additional financial resources available to purchase more advanced technology lenses with greater benefits.
Anyone who is over the age of 40 and dependent on glasses or contacts is a potential candidate for the procedure, as well as anyone who has begun to develop cataracts. To find out if an advanced lens is the right option for you, come in for a free refractive screening, where we can help you determine the options best tailored to your lifestyle and eye physiology.
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