Lens replacement surgery is like receiving a new set of eyes when you become older. They won’t make you younger, but you might feel it. In order to improve vision, it is necessary to explore the options available to you. You can receive an accurate diagnosis for improved vision by booking a consultation with an eye doctor and verify whether you are a suitable candidate for lens replacement surgery.
If you’re in your 60s, age-related vision changes have well and truly settled in. But imagine for a moment that you can see as well without glasses (or possibly better than) you did in your twenties. If you suffer from age-related vision changes but hate depending on glasses, the recent introduction of advanced laser technology has brought with it an exciting new vision correction option for you. Lens replacement surgery involves exactly the same surgical steps as laser cataract surgery. The only difference is that the lens being removed isn’t cloudy – an artificial lens is inserted in place of the clear natural lens of your eye. The result – you’ll no longer be as dependent on glasses. What’s more, the artificial lens is tailor-made for you, with your individual prescription built into it. You can literally have ‘customised eyesight’ designed to suit your specific needs.
Lens replacement surgery involves using a computer-guided laser, rather than a hand-held blade, to perform the first three steps of lens replacement surgery. The laser makes a small incision in the side of the cornea, then in the little capsule that holds the natural lens of your eye in place. In order to remove the lens through these micro incisions, the laser breaks up the lens of your eye. These fragments are gently removed during the eye surgery, and the artificial lens is inserted in the capsule. Laser lens surgery is performed in a day surgery facility, and requires very little down time – you should be almost back to your normal routine in a matter of days.
This procedure is ideal if you would prefer to live your life without having to rely on wearing and carrying around with you a pair of glasses constantly. Once you’ve had laser lens surgery, you may need to wear glasses in a few specific circumstances, like reading in poor light or night driving. But most of the time, you’re likely to be spectacle-free.
The other major bonus of laser lens surgery is that you’ll never have to worry about developing cataracts later in life. The procedure is also well proven – cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the world, with successful outcomes in around 99% of cases. According to recent research, the introduction of the laser to cataract surgery has further increased success rates. This is often the reason why cataract sufferers are opting to undergo lens replacement surgery to improve their vision rather than persist with reading glasses. For many people though, the advantages of re-gaining excellent vision 95% of the time, along with the comfort and flexibility associated with reduced dependence on glasses, will make laser lens surgery a very attractive proposition. Lens replacement surgery is rather like receiving a new set of eyes when you become older. They won’t make you younger, but you might feel it.