Refractive Lensectomy is a procedure that is performed by removing the natural lens of your eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.
This is a very effective treatment for high ranges of nearsightedness and farsightedness. The same advanced technology is used for cataract surgery. Measurements are done pre-operatively to help predict what lens power of implant is needed. The implants are made to last a lifetime.
Because the lens implants are not flexible and set for a particular focal length, the patient will most likely require reading glasses following the procedure.
Astigmatic Keratotomy (AK)
Astigmatic Keratomy (AK) is used to reduce or eliminate mild to moderate astigmatism. During AK, curved or straight incisions are made in the cornea. These incisions help round out an oval cornea. A rounder cornea means objects are no longer distorted.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a procedure that can be used to help people with mild to moderate myopia or hyperopia with or without astigmatism. During PRK, a special computer controlled laser (called an excimer laser) is used to reshape the surface of the cornea. When the center of the cornea is flattened, light rays are focused more directly on the retina and images are clearer.
LASIK alternative for farsighted seniors
Clear lens extraction surgery
If you’re an adult over 40 who has had to squint while threading a needle or baiting a fishing hook, you’ve experienced age-related vision loss known as presbyopia. Put more simply, presbyopia means farsightedness due to age. Most of us adjust by relying on reading glasses, or we obtain a prescription for bifocals instead of single-vision glasses.
The good news is, presbyopia can be corrected through a surgical procedure called clear lens extraction. You may have also heard it referred to as refractive lens exchange (RLE), or refractive lensectomy.
While LASIK offers vision-correction capabilities, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure due to specific conditions of the eye. In this case, vision problems like presbyopia can still be corrected with clear lens extraction.
Clear lens extraction is similar to cataract surgery in that the lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a new lens — an intraocular lens (IOL) — that corrects the vision impairment. The term “clear lens extraction” refers to the fact that the lens is clear during the procedure and not cloudy like it is with cataracts.
With clear lens extraction, you not only improve your vision, you also circumvent any possibility of a cataract because you’re replacing your natural lens with an artificial lens, which will remain clear for the rest of your life.
Eliminate floaters with laser technology
You know those pesky spots that appear in your vision and won’t go away? They’re caused by tiny pieces of debris found in the vitreous humor, a clear jelly-like material that occupies the space between the lens and the retina.
As we age, collagen fibers in the eye deteriorate, often clumping and knotting together. As light enters the eye, these clumps block the passage of light and cast shadows on the retina, creating indistinct strings or spots referred to as floaters.
Floaters can be removed through a procedure called vitreolysis, which uses laser pulses to reduce or remove debris so it no longer interferes with your vision. Performed as an outpatient procedure, laser vitreolysis is a non-invasive treatment and can be done with drops that numb the eye. Approximately two or three treatment sessions are needed to eliminate floaters completely.
A comprehensive dilated eye exam with refraction is performed 1) to confirm that your eyes are otherwise healthy, and 2) to determine your degree of near or farsightedness and astigmatism. Several specialized tests are also performed to analyze the surface of the eye (the cornea). The measurements from this exam will allow the doctor to correct your eyes appropriately. The fee for this exam, if you do not proceed with surgery, is $65.00.
Please be aware that for this visit, your eyes must be free of soft contact lenses for at least 1 week prior to the exam. If you wear rigid “gas-permeable” lenses, these must be discontinued at least 3 weeks prior to this exam.
LASIK Surgery Fees: $1,900 per eye / $3,800. both eyes
Refractive Lensectomy $2,600 per eye / $5,200 both eyes
We use the FDA approved VISX STAR S2 Laser in our practice. The fee is comprehensive and covers all aspects of the surgery and all follow-up visits for one (1) year. In the unusual case of enhancement being needed within this time, the one-time fee would cover this as well.
Finance & Scheduling
Most insurance companies do not cover Refractive Surgery. If your company offers coverage for the procedure, our insurance staff will assist you in filing your claim. Refractive Surgery is an excellent investment in your personal well-being. For this reason, we believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle and provide the following options for payment:
Flexible Payment Plan (Care Credit)
Care Credit is a flexible monthly payment option. It is specifically designed for health care financing.
- No initial payment.
- No interest for 6 months.
- No prepayment penalty.
Payment in Full
Payment in full is due prior to surgery, and can be paid by cash, check or credit card. For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. Please contact our office with questions or for scheduling assistance.