How do they put a new lens in your eye?
Refractive Lens Exchange is a type of vision correction surgery that involves using ultrasound to remove the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) to minimize the use of glasses and contacts.
Is lens replacement surgery painful?
Lens replacement surgery is usually not painful while you are undergoing treatment. This is because your doctor will numb your eye with anesthetic. If the idea of eye surgery bothers you, you might feel uncomfortable during the procedure. This is why it’s important to relax during your treatment.
How is the lens inserted in cataract surgery?
An outer housing of the cataract (the lens capsule) is generally left in place. After removing the emulsified material, your surgeon inserts the lens implant into the empty space within the capsule where the natural lens used to be (bottom).
Are you awake during lens replacement surgery?
The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. Typically, patients are awake during cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are “put to sleep”) and enables Our Doctors to communicate with you during your procedure.
Will I need glasses after lens replacement?
Regardless of the type of lens you select, you may still need to rely on glasses some of the time, but if correctly selected, your IOLs can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses. Discuss your options with your ophthalmologist to determine the IOL that best suits your vision needs and lifestyle.
What can you not do after lens replacement surgery?
- do not rub your eyes.
- do not allow soap or shampoo to get into your eye.
- do not drive until you get the all-clear from your doctor.
- do not do any strenuous exercise or housework.
- do not wear eye make-up for at least 4 weeks.
- do not fly without seeking advice from your doctor.
Can you see without the lens in your eye?
No, the eye cannot focus properly without a lens. Thick eyeglasses, a contact lens or an intraocular lens must be substituted to restore the eye’s focusing power.
What happens if you blink during cataract surgery?
As you blink, the drops spread over your eye, numbing the surface. This allows you to feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. When the eye is completely numb, an instrument will be used to hold your eye open while the procedure is completed.
Is lens replacement same as cataract surgery?
Refractive lens surgery and cataract surgery are exactly the same operation. When cataract surgery is performed primarily to correct the need for glasses, it is called RLE or lens replacement surgery.
How soon can I drive after cataract surgery?
Most patients are able to resume driving 24 hours after cataract surgery.