Since 2002, Dr. Anthony Roberts has practiced as an eye physician and surgeon at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. Dr Anthony Roberts draws on experience in LASIK and other vision-correction surgeries, including refractive lens exchange.
Refractive lens exchange, also known as clear lens exchange, replaces the lens of the eye as one would do for a patient with cataracts. In the case of refractive lens exchange, however, the patient has no clouding of the lens and is seeking the procedure primarily to achieve permanent vision correction. An option for nearsighted or farsighted patients who cannot tolerate contact lenses, refractive lens exchange can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life.
Refractive lens exchange has become possible thanks largely to the clinical advancements that have made cataract surgery safer. Many clinicians now recommend the procedure for older individuals with hyperopia, or farsightedness, who have severe symptoms or moderate symptoms with evidence of incipient cataracts. Nearsighted individuals may need more careful assessment, as these individuals carry a greater risk of retinal detachment, though innovative technology has made elective refractive lens exchange a newly viable option.