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Am I a candidate for PRELEX?

How much will the PRELEX procedure cost?

How long does PRELEX last?

I have been rejected for LASIK could PRELEX be an option for me?

Am I a candidate for PRELEX?
There are many factors that contribute to the 'ideal' PRELEX candidate. Your particular circumstances, lifestyle, glasses prescription and pupil size can all affect the possible outcome. All these factors are best discussed with the Consultant Surgeon. Having a multi-focal IOL or accommodating lens is the same as having a new visual system fitted. It will take some time for your brain to adjust and adapt to the new images it is seeing.

These paintings are courtesy of a patient who had bilateral multi-focal lens implants and is also an artist. She has drawn these to demonstrate the type of halos around lights that are often experienced after surgery. Other multi-focal IOL users agree that these are a good representation, and highlight that the halos continue to diminish further over time.
Courtesy of Michael Woodcock MD Courtesy of Michael Woodcock MD
Initial appearance of halos shortly after surgery
Diminished halos once the patient has adapted to the new lens

Before meeting your surgeon it is worth asking yourself:

  • It is very important to me to be less dependent on my glasses or contact lenses?
  • Am I prepared to accept the limitations of a replacement lens (the lens will cause halos around lights and it takes time for near vision to fully improve)?
  • Am I prepared to have both eyes operated on?
  • Will I be prepared to allow at least 3 months to become familiar with using the lenses?

How much will the PRELEX procedure cost?
Our Practice Managers will be able to offer guidance on the cost of an initial consultation and the various treatment options available.

How long does PRELEX last?
The lens implants we use are left in place for life. A cataract cannot grow after PRELEX, but some patients develop thickening of the residual lens tissue left in place to support the lens. Should this occur it is easily dealt with by an outpatient laser procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy.

I have been rejected for LASIK, could PRELEX be an option for me?
The benefits of PRELEX are greatest for long-sighted (hyperopic) people who with age also became presbyopic (the need for reading glasses after the age of 45). However, PRELEX patients also include those who are extremely short or long-sighted, or whose corneas are too thin for LASIK. Unlike LASIK, only one eye is operated on at a time.

Advantages of PRELEX vs LASIK:

  • suitable for people with thin corneas or very high prescriptions.
  • if you are already in your 40s or 50s, PRELEX vision correction will remain stable over time, whereas LASIK patients can still go on to develop presbyopia as they age.
  • you will never require cataract surgery later in life.

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