According to a recent study, 36 million people are blind and 216 stated that they have moderate to severe visual impairment.
We have good news. If your eyesight is less than perfect, you don’t have to live with the condition forever. Because of the surgical advances, patients are able to go from clouded or nearsighted vision to perfect vision, after a surgery. Two of the leading surgeries for this are RLE and Lasik.
What’s the difference between Lasik surgery and refractive lens exchange, and which one of the two is right for you?
Lasik Eye Surgery
LASIK, short for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is known for being one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States. LASIK surgery uses a high-powered laser to reshape the cornea to correct the patient’s refractive errors. This includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If a LASIK surgery is successful, it will eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.
Because LASIK is an elective surgery, it may not be covered by insurance.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Some older adults, especially those who have never worn glasses typically believe that they are candidates for LASIK. However, due to the number or disqualifiers, many over the age of 40 will not be good candidates for LASIK.
Refractive Lens Exchange replaces your eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. This surgery is better suited for those who have lost his or her eyesight due to aging. Over the past few years, lens exchange has become almost identical to cataract surgery
LASIK vs Refractive Lens Exchange
If you’re considering corrective eye surgery, the doctors at Shreveport Eye Specialists can further explain your options. This will give you the best conclusion as to whether LASIK or Refractive Lens Exchange is right for you.
|LASIK||Refractive Lens Exchange|
|Corrective Uses|| |
15 mins. per eye
20-30 mins. per eye
|Recovery||2-7 days||2-7 days|
6-12 weeks to adjust
|High Corneal Astigmatism|
Suitable Candidate for Other Options
Corrective Eye Surgery
Every case is treated on an individual basis. Not every procedure will work for every patient. Talk to the friendly staff at Shreveport Eye Specialists about the best treatment options for your vision problems.