The procedure is performed in the office using topical anesthetics and light oral sedation. The procedure takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. In most cases patients’ vision rapidly improves and within about 24 to 48 hours patients are often back to working and driving. Surgery is performed on just one eye at a time with an approximate 2 to 4 week lag time between eye. Your safety is our primary concern. The surgery is performed in our in-office surgical suite which is AAAASF certified.
As with any surgery, complications though rare can sometimes occur. This includes retinal tear or detachment, high or low pressure in the eye, hemorrhage, infection or in very rare cases, reduced or loss of vision. The decision to proceed with clear lensectomy should be made with your physician and only after a thorough eye exam to evaluate for any eye diseases which may need to be treated prior to refractive lens exchange.
No. Refractive lens exchange is performed at a time before any cataract development is considered “visually significant” by your insurance. This generally means that the vision is not impaired enough by cataract development to meet the insurance or Medicare requirements.
In most cases patients experience little to no pain either during or following the procedure. If necessary patient sometimes will take Tylenol or ibuprofen but in most patients that is all that is necessary. Some patients may experience a pressure like sensation during the surgery, may note a kaleidoscope pattern of lights or sometimes a general gray out of the vision.
Depending on the type of work that you do in most cases you can return to work 1 to 3 days after the surgery. If your work involves heavy labor however you may wish to take up to a week off after the surgery.
The first night after surgery it is recommend that patients sleep on an extra pillow and on their back. In the first week after surgery light exercise is allowable such as using a stationary bike an elliptical trainer or walking on a treadmill or walking outside. Heavy weightlifting and strenuous exercise are generally not recommended. No golf, tennis or bowling or activities with high impact or risk of injury to the eye is allowed in the first week. Swimming should be avoided for two weeks.