Presbyopia is a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for using reading glasses for the rest of your life. Many older adults lose their “readers” or buy multiple pairs to ensure they always have a pair nearby. Refractive lens exchange offers presbyopia correction so you can enjoy your golden years with excellent vision.

Clarity Eye Group offers refractive lens exchange at our state-of-the-art facility in Huntington Beach. This vision correction option is the best LASIK alternative for people over 40.

What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia happens when the lens inside your eye loses the ability to focus on objects close to your face. The loss of sharp near vision is normal and expected in your 40s. The name “presbyopia” is derived from a Greek word meaning “old eye.” When you’re young, your eye lens is soft and flexible and changes focus quickly and effortlessly. However, the lens becomes rigid with age and can’t change shape as easily, making it difficult to read, sew, and do other fine-detail activities.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

While you can’t prevent presbyopia, you can correct this refractive error with options such as reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals. Refractive lens exchange offers a more permanent solution by replacing the eye lens with an artificial lens implant. The procedure works like cataract surgery, removing the natural lens and positioning an intraocular lens (IOL) in its place. The IOL is programmed with your unique refractive errors and offers vision correction for all types, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Refractive Lens Exchange Instead of LASIK

Refractive lens exchange, also called clear lens extraction, can offer better vision than LASIK for certain patients, such as those with high myopia or hyperopia, thin corneas, dry eyes, or presbyopia. Many people have their hearts set on LASIK only to realize they don’t qualify for it and may find that refractive lens exchange is a better choice for them. The procedure improves vision immediately and eliminates the risk of cataracts because the natural lens is removed.

You don’t need to spend valuable time searching for reading glasses or buying yet another pair. Enjoy better vision for life with refractive lens exchange, an excellent option for presbyopia.

Learn more about refractive lens exchange during your eye exam at Clarity Eye Group. Contact our Huntington Beach, California, office by calling (714) 842-0651 or online to schedule your consultation.