Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

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Refractive lens exchange surgery is a quick and routine outpatient procedure.

Refractive lens exchange surgery eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses for people who are 45 or older.


BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers premium and standard intraocular lens implants.


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How does refractive lens exchange surgery work?

Refractive lens exchange surgery is a procedure similar to cataract surgery. It also is known as clear lens exchange or clear lens replacement.

The eye’s clear natural lens is replaced with a clear artificial lens implant. The procedure corrects these conditions:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism
  • Age-related farsightedness (presbyopia)

Who is a candidate for refractive lens exchange surgery?

Refractive lens exchange surgery may be an option for people who:

  • Can’t tolerate contact lenses
  • Want to avoid the inconvenience and aesthetic issues created by glasses
  • Want improved vision but don’t want to undergo a LASIK procedure

Refractive lens exchange surgery may not be the best option for everyone. Our providers will discuss your vision options at your consultation.


What can I expect after having refractive lens exchange surgery?

Best results occur when refractive lens exchange surgery is done on both eyes. Results vary, as with any surgical procedure.


In time, additional procedures may be needed to sharpen or enhance vision.


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Does insurance cover refractive lens exchange surgery?

No. Refractive lens exchange surgery is an elective procedure. Ask us about the cost of the procedure as you evaluate your vision options.


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