Lens Replacement FAQ’s
Lens replacement is essentially a more advanced version of cataract surgery, which is one of the safest and most widely performed medical procedures in the world (over 2 million people in the US have it annually). Although there is always some risk associated with any procedure, ClearSight utilizes the latest technology and most advanced safety measures to ensure the safest treatment possible. We will gladly discuss potential risks or side effects with you at your free evaluation.
2. IS IT PERMANENT?
One of the greatest advantages of Lens replacement is that the advanced lens is designed to last a lifetime, and is not expected to become cloudy, change position, or ever need replacement. We expect our lens replacement patients to experience little or no dependence on glasses for the rest of their life.
3. WILL IT HURT?
Lens replacement has advanced to the point where there is very little that is felt during the procedure. In fact, the most discomfort you will likely feel is the tingle from the numbing drops! The entire procedure is extremely quick – just 15 minutes per eye – and we take many steps to make sure you are comfortable along the way.
4. HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
Every patient is unique, and the healing process will be different in each case. Most patients return to their normal work or lifestyle in two to three days. That said, it may take a few months to experience the full benefits of the procedure. It is important to discuss your needs and expectations with your surgeon so that you can better understand your healing process.
5. IS LENS REPLACEMENT RIGHT FOR ME?
Lens replacement is typically recommended for people age 43 or over who suffer from the need for reading glasses or bifocals. If you’ve been told you have an “early” cataract, lens replacement may be the recommended solution for you as well. As always, a thorough eye exam is necessary to determine candidacy and whether lens replacement is indeed the best option for your vision.
6. WILL I NEED TO HAVE A PROCEDURE IN THE FUTURE?
No! This question is one of the best questions you can ask because the answer is fun to hear. Lens replacement is permanent and the eye cannot develop cataracts at any point in the future. The cataract problem is solved for life.
7. WHY IS LENS REPLACEMENT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN LASIK?
While LASIK is done in off at ClearSight, lens replacement has to be performed off-site in a fully functioning operating room with specialized equipment and staff trained for lens surgery. Additionally, there is cost associated with the advanced technology lens used to restore your vision.
8. DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF LENS REPLACEMENT?
Lens replacement is considered a preventative procedure, and therefore is not covered by insurance. We do offer multiple affordable 0% interest and extended low-interest payment options to make sure your vision correction treatment fits within your budget!