WHAT IS REFRACTIVE LENS IMPLANT SURGERY?
Refractive Lens Implant Surgery is usually recommended to patients over 55 who are not candidates for LASIK. Using methods similar to those in cataract surgery, a ReSTOR® intraocular lens is implanted in place of the eye’s natural lens. This lens allows most patients to experience visual correction without the need for distance or reading glasses or contact lens. Refractive Lens Implant Surgery is done as an outpatient procedure at the Eye Surgery Center of Winchester under local anesthesia and takes approximately 15-30 minutes. In most cases, the patient can return to full activity the day after surgery with functional vision returning to the eye at that point.
TECNIS® MULTIFOCAL LENS
Flexible IOLs have been used for years to help patients enjoy clear vision after cataract surgery. The advanced lens improves upon ordinary IOLs by providing a full range of focusing distances.
A series of 12 gradual “step heights” create seamless focusing ability from near to far, while the edge of the IOL enhances distance vision. A feature called apodization also helps the eye distribute light evenly in different lighting conditions. Best of all, up to 80% of patients who use the Tecnis® lens don’t need glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
PHAKIC INTRAOCULAR LENS
Phakic intraocular lenses are recommended for patients who are under age 50 are are not candidates for LASIK. Dr. Stefano current uses the Visian ICL. The Visian ICL is implanted in front of the patient’s natural lens in the posterior chamber (between the iris and natural lens). The new lens helps the patient focus better, leaving the natural lens in place and allowing the patient to “accommodate,” or shift focus between distant and nearby objects. The procedure is reversible.