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Refractive Lens Exchange for Age-Related Vision Loss

February 14 2022

The aging process affects your eyes just as much as it affects the rest of your body. In turn, the structures that make up the eyes can suffer the effects of aging, particularly your corneas and lenses. These changes typically start to happen during your 40s.

Refractive Lens Exchange is a newer, advanced technology that eliminates the need for corrective eyewear for people who have difficulty seeing objects close up. Read on as a Lake Stevens, WA optometrist discusses age-related vision loss and how Refractive Lens Exchanges works to restore clear vision.

Refractive Errors and How They Affect Your Vision

Refractive errors have to do with how images enter your eye. Images first enter in through the cornea. From there, it’s reflected onto your lens and then onto your retina, which sits at the back of the eye.

With age-related vision loss, the effects of aging cause the lens to lose its elasticity. When this happens, it’s difficult for the lens to focus on near objects. This is a refractive error that results in blurry vision when performing close-up tasks, like reading.

Refractive errors also cause other types of vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. These conditions result from a misshapen cornea and/or lens.

Ultimately, imperfections in the structures that direct light onto the retina can cause refractive errors and compromise your vision.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange and How Does It Help?

Refractive Lens Exchange is a surgical procedure that replaces your eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens. The procedure uses a multifocal lens as a replacement, which promotes clearer vision, overall.

Refractive Lens Exchange is an advanced all-laser, blade-free procedure that allows your surgeon to customize the treatment to your specific vision needs. It eliminates the need for corrective eyewear. And since this treatment replaces your existing lens, you’re risk of developing cataracts in the future drops considerably.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange?

If you’re 40 years or older, don’t have cataracts, and are in good health, you may be a good candidate for a Refractive Lens Exchange procedure. A comprehensive eye exam must be performed to evaluate the condition of your eyes. During the exam, a series of tests will be conducted, including:

  • Diagnostic tests
  • Dilated eye exam
  • Eye-mapping
  • Refractive error tests

From there, your eye doctor will discuss your options with you.

If you have more questions about Refractive Lens Exchange or wish to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to call our Lake Stevens, WA optometry office today!

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