Laser Vision Correction

LASIK After Cataract Surgery

Patients who undergo cataract surgery may experience refractive errors after the procedure. These refractive errors may include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Nearsightedness, or myopia
  • Farsightedness, or hyperopia
  • Presbyopia

These errors are typically not due to a problem with the new implanted lens, but are instead caused by irregularities in the cornea. Post-cataract surgery patients have the option of undergoing LASIK vision correction to eliminate the need to wear glasses. LASIK is able to reshape the cornea so the eye is able to focus light sharply. LASIK will not affect the results of a patients’ previous cataract surgery.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange (RLE), also known as clear lens extraction, or CLE, is a surgical procedure for vision correction that replaces the natural lens of the eye with an intraocular lens, or IOL. Using the same surgical techniques as cataract surgery, the clear lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an IOL to change the focusing power of the eye.

An alternative to laser vision correction, the RLE procedure avoids the need for a corneal modification that is used during the LASIK procedure, and instead uses the same procedures performed in cataract surgery.

Patients who choose to undergo refractive lens exchange have several options when it comes to the type of IOL that will be implanted into the eye. The RLE procedure uses the same IOLs used in cataract surgery and is able to treat all types of visual disorders, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism. Patients are provided with a choice of the most advanced premium IOLs which will allow them to see clearly at all distances.

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