Patients over the age of 40 who have not yet developed cataracts but suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia (an age related condition which makes it difficult to read things up close) are interested in vision correction and yet in many cases LASIK may not be the best option.
The best way to treat this is to “prematurely” remove the lens in their eyes that will eventually become a cataract, and replace it with an intraocular lens.
Refractive lensectomy, also called refractive lens exchange, corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing the eye’s natural lens, which has the wrong power, with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant that has the correct power for the eye.
The procedure uses the same techniques of modern cataract surgery. The main difference is that cataract surgery is primarily performed to remove a cataract that’s obstructing vision, while refractive lensectomy is performed to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you have no other health issues affecting your eyes or you’re not a good candidate for laser vision correction.