Contact lenses can cost $22 to $26 per box for those who are nearsighted or farsighted. If you have astigmatism, that number jumps to $50 or more per box. Over time, those costs add up, which is one of the reasons why many people seek a more permanent solution, such as clear lens exchange.
Clear lens exchange is a type of refractive surgery that entails removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, a multifocal IOL implant, or an accommodating IOL. As a result, you might reduce or completely diminish your need for contacts or glasses.
Dr. Benaim, our resident ophthalmologist, can help you weigh the options and determine if refractive surgery is right for you.
Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange Surgery
For those age 40 and older, clear lens exchange offers a number of benefits, including:
- Stability over time
- The ability to see near and far, in some cases, with less dependence on glasses
- Eliminating the need for cataract surgery later in life
Since your natural lens has already been replaced with an artificial one, you have eliminated the possibility of ever developing a cataract.
What to Expect During Clear Lens Exchange
During a clear lens exchange, the natural lens inside the eye is removed and replaced with the artificial lens you and Dr. Benaim selected. The main difference between standard cataract surgery and clear lens exchange is that cataract surgery is performed to remove the cataract that is obscuring and clouding vision, while the clear lens exchange is performed to reduce or eliminate a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Refractive surgery is performed on one eye at a time on an outpatient basis. The eye is numbed with a topical anesthesia, and the eye’s natural lens will be gently vacuumed out through a tiny incision.
The intraocular lens is rolled up and inserted through the same incision. The lens then unfolds into the capsule that originally surrounded your natural lens. The small incision is self-sealing and usually does not require stitches.
The recovery time from clear lens exchange is typically fast (as soon as the next day). After that, you should notice improved vision.
To schedule an appointment to discuss your potential need for clear lens exchange surgery, please call (561) 747-7777.