All surgeries performed at the Halifax Vision Surgical Centre are done on an outpatient basis. Most procedures take less than 20 minutes, there is very little down time and recovery is fast with minimal restrictions, so you will be back to your regular routine in no time.
We offer many options for refractive eye surgery. Below you will find brief descriptions and videos of each procedure.
Not sure which one is right for you? Feel free to contact us so we can discuss your possibilities.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive lens exchange (RLE), also known as lens replacement surgery is a safe and effective surgical option for patients who prefer not to wear corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses.
RLE is an alternative to laser vision correction and can be performed on people with presbyopia, myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Although usually recommended for those who have started to lose their ability to focus on near objects, it can be a viable option for everyone.
Refractive lens exchange replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your refractive error. Depending on the intraocular lens chosen, one may achieve sharper focus, reducing their reliance on corrective lenses, for distance vision, near vision or even multiple distances. The procedure is virtually identical to cataract surgery with the main difference being that your natural lens has not yet become cloudy like when cataracts form.
Phakic Intraocular Lenses
Phakic Intraocular Lens (Phakic IOL) surgery is a procedure where a clear lens is surgically implanted between the cornea and the iris leaving your natural lens untouched.
Implantable lenses function like contact lenses to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and in some instances hyperopia (farsightedness). The implanted lenses work from within your eye instead of sitting on the surface of your eye. Since the natural lens is still intact this preserves the eyes ability to focus up close until your eyes begin to experience presbyopia.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Individuals with cataracts usually describe their vision as being similar to looking through a dirty windshield and a gradual blurring or dimming of vision. Cataract development is a normal occurrence that is typically age related. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure. Surgery is the only method used to remove a cataract, as it does not improve by itself.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens in your eye is replaced with a clear artificial lens implant called an Intraocular Lens (IOL). Modern IOL’s will also minimize the reliance on corrective lenses from most types of refractive error such as presbyopia, myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).