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Lens Replacement: a permanent solution to the natural aging process.
The natural lens of the eye hardens and clouds over time. When we’re in our 20s and 30s, this lens is clear and flexible. This means light passes easily through the lens, and the lens itself can flex to focus on objects at different distances, much like a camera lens does.
As we age and enter our 40s, changes begin to happen to the makeup of our lens. It’s completely natural and part of the aging process – it will happen to all of us. This phenomenon is what is described as Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS).
View Video Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome evolves in 3 stages:
- Stage 1 – this is the beginning of DLS, and what is commonly referred to as ‘presbyopia.’ In Stage 1, the lens of your eye begins to harden, and lose its flexibility. This rigidness makes it difficult for us to focus on things up close, and is the reason we will start to need reading glasses or bifocals.
- Stage 2 – With Stage 2 DLS, the lens of the eye has started the gradual process of clouding. This causes light to scatter, which results in glare and halos (especially at night), as well as overall reduced clarity of your vision. Symptoms of Stage 2 most often begin in your mid 50s.
- Stage 3 – This is what’s known as a cataract. With cataracts, the lens of your eye has become cloudy enough that it is significantly impacting your vision, and treatment is necessary to restore your vision to a functional level. For most people, this stage happens when you are around age 70.
Treatment options for Stage 1 DLS: With Stage 1 DLS (typically in your 40s), there are multiple options available. Your lens is still healthy and clear, so you may not need to replace it just yet. Laser vision correction, such as LASIK, is still a good option to correct your distance vision, although your close up vision will still continue to deteriorate over time.
For those who prefer a more permanent vision correction solution, we may recommend a lens replacement procedure instead of laser vision correction, and replace the dysfunctional lens with a clear, technologically advanced customized lens. We call this procedure dysfunctional lens replacement (DLR). Lens Replacement is an amazing treatment because we are able to fix many vision correction issues with one simple procedure. It not only corrects your glasses prescription – in most cases correcting both your distance vision and near vision – it also allows us to fix the yellowing of the lens and provide a better quality of vision at the same time.
Treatment options for Stage 2 & 3 DLS: For patients in their 50s and above suffering from Stage 2 or Stage 3 DLS we usually recommend a lens replacement procedure instead of laser vision correction since laser vision correction by itself cannot solve the cause of Stage 2 or Stage 3 DLS.
Lens Replacement also prevents any future development of cataracts, so there should be no need for an additional cataract procedure down the road. With Lens Replacement, you treat the vision problem where it actually resides – in the lens of your eye. At ClearSight, when we perform a Lens Replacement procedure we utilize the latest lens technology available, and choose a lens that’s customized for you – you tell us what type of vision you want, we make it happen. These clear lenses can help people see both far and near, and reduce any astigmatism, making it possible to achieve sight without glasses – typically for the rest of your life!*
Which Option Is Best For Me?
“One of the most frustrating things is when someone comes into our office and I have to say “I can’t help you.” Well thanks to the evolution of technology here at ClearSight, I rarely have to say that anymore. Whether you’re 18 or 85, we have options that will help you see better without glasses.” – Dr. Luke Rebenitsch
We typically recommend Lens Replacement for people age 43 and over who need readers or bifocals or have been diagnosed with early cataracts.
However, to truly discover all the options available to correct your vision requires a thorough exam. At ClearSight, we have implemented one of the most sophisticated exam processes in the country, and will consult with you on all options available. The best part? The exam is FREE for all new patients.
Learn more about Lens Replacement and all the advanced treatment options at your FREE exam:
*note: a lens replacement treatment can correct most common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, but there are other medical issues that could affect your vision as you age that are beyond control, such as retinal problems or diabetic eye problems.