Say goodbye to those glasses. If you have age-related loss of near vision or farsightedness and have been turned away from LASIK or other surgeries such as PRK, then a refractive lens exchange procedure may be the right option for you.
People with presbyopia and hyperopia " also known as farsightedness or longsightedness " have difficulties focusing on nearby objects or images. While the symptoms are similar, these conditions have different causes. Presbyopia is the result of age-related hardening of the eye's lens, while hyperopia is a refractive error caused by a mismatch between the length of the eye and its optical power. Both conditions can be corrected successfully with refractive lens exchange.
MEC is a leading provider of refractive lens exchange. This minor surgery, which is completed under topical anesthesia drops, implants an artificial intraocular lens to replace the clear natural lens inside the front part of the eye. Refractive lens exchange takes about 10 to 15 minutes per eye, and you can choose to do both eyes on the same day or come back a week later to address the second eye. No stitches are required in this cutting-edge procedure " once the artificial lens is in place, the small incision self-seals! Your vision improves immediately, with best results noted about four to six weeks later. Another advantage to refractive lens exchange: you can never develop cataracts after this procedure because it is very similar to cataract surgery, which uses a sophisticated implant lens.