Your natural lens is removed and an advanced intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted to replace it. This procedure is safe, requires no maintenance, and provides a permanent solution for many eye conditions.
Yes. Refractive lens exchange is a safe, minimally invasive procedure.
No. Refractive lens exchanges are painless.
The risks associated with refractive lens exchange are similar to those of cataract surgery, albeit usually less frequent because patients are younger and the surgery is easier. A very small percentage of patients may develop infection (endophthalmitis), retinal detachment, or cystoid macular edema.
Lens implants are permanent. Advanced technology lens implants will improve your vision and eliminate problems related to nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia, and cataracts.
No. Once advanced technology lens implants have been placed, you will not feel them in your eye. There will be mild discomfort for the first 1 to 7 days after surgery, but this will quickly subside.
Typical recovery time after undergoing a refractive lens exchange is less than 2 weeks.
Yes. We recommend that you are accompanied by an adult and or legal guardian to arrange for a ride home after undergoing a refractive lens exchange. If necessary, one of our staff would be happy to assist you by calling and booking a taxi.
Yes. After undergoing a refractive lens exchange, you will be prescribed medicated drops to use for the first 6 weeks after the procedure. Please use these as directed by your doctor.
Patients can expect only mild discomfort with rare cases of redness or pain. Some patients may experience a gritty feeling in their eye, like something is “in it” but this is quite normal. Should you experience pain or throbbing sensations, this is not normal and you should contact Mitchell Eye Centre immediately.
Your eyesight will noticeably improve immediately after advanced technology lenses are implanted. Within 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure you will notice further improvements in clarity and visual acuity.
You will have an appointment scheduled for the day after surgery. Follow up appointments will be scheduled again 2 weeks after surgery and finally 6 weeks after surgery.
No. In addition to the other benefits related to improvement of your vision, a refractive lens exchange eliminates the risk of developing cataracts.