LASIK surgery has been a wonderful option for those looking to correct their vision and it still is, but it has its limitations. For those in their 20s and 30s, LASIK can be the perfect vision correction choice because those in this age group often do not yet have the need for reading glasses. LASIK improves vision at a distance but if you need glasses to see up close then LASIK will not offer any improvement. Those who are 40 and over - even with the assistance of LASIK surgery - will still often need reading glasses. In this case, another option for correcting vision is PRELEX vision correction.
What is PRELEX?
PRELEX - or Presbyopic Lens Exchange - utilizes the same techniques that have been perfected for cataract surgery over the years. During PRELEX, a tiny incision is made in the eye through which the eye’s natural lens is removed. An artificial implant is then put in its place. This is a fast, painless, and effective procedure that can be done in an outpatient setting. No sutures are required and you are able to return home the same day after which you can return to your normal activities in just a few days.
The artificial lenses that are options for PRELEX include Tecnis Multifocal, Restor, and Crystalens. Your eye surgeon will work with you to determine the best lens choice for your particular eye shape, prescription needs, and overall eye health.
What is the outcome?
The benefits of PRELEX include:
- Patients who undergo PRELEX no longer need corrective lenses most near, intermediate, or distance vision tasks.
- Because the natural lens has been removed and replaced with an artificial lens, the patient who undergoes PRELEX will never develop cataracts - a common condition that occurs with aging.
PRELEX is one of the most effective vision corrective procedures available today, allowing people of all ages with all types of prescriptions to achieve clearer vision and entirely eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.