4 of the Best Preparation Tips for Refractive Lens Implant Surgery

Refractive Lens Implant Surgery

What Happens During Refractive Lens Implant Surgery?

During refractive lens implant surgery, the ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) will remove your damaged lens or lenses and put in a new, artificial lens in its place. This procedure should take no more than 15 to 30 minutes and the discomfort is minimal. You should expect to feel some dryness and itchiness in your eye but not debilitating pain. After the lens implantation, you should no longer experience farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), or the inability to see objects and people immediately in front of you (presbyopia).

Refractive Lens Exchange is typically advisable for lens exchange candidates who are 55 and older because people 55 and older are not ideal candidates for LASIK surgery.

How Should I Get Prepared?


You will have a better operation if you unwind and remind yourself that you’re in the trusted, knowledgeable hands of a medical professional. If you need to and if within your comfort zone:

  • Take slow, deep breaths.
  • Speak positive affirmations.
  • Listen to enjoyable music on the way to surgery.
  • Have a friend come with you and wait for you in the waiting room.

Make Household Arrangements

Although this procedure is relatively fast, you may not feel up to cooking and cleaning once you return home. You may want to relax and adjust instead. Therefore, either you or a loved one could meal prep the day before surgery. You should lay out your clothes and arrange for transportation for the day of surgery as well.

Don’t Eat the Night Before Surgery

You should not eat within twelve hours of any surgery because the anesthesia may upset your stomach.

Winchester, VA, Refractive Lens Implant Specialist

The most vital tip for preparing for any surgical procedure is that you research the doctor and verify that she or he is board-certified and reputable, such as the ophthalmologists at Shenandoah LASIK & Cataract Center. Call us now at 540-722-6200 to set an appointment for refractive lens exchange surgery today.


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