Turning 40? Say hello to presbyopia
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Turning 40? Say hello to presbyopia

Everything You Need to Know About Presbyopic Lens Exchange Eye Surgery (PRELEX)

LASIKIf you recently hit the big 40, you’re no stranger to the many age-related changes that affect your body as you get older. Of course, at this early stage, changes are rarely debilitating, but they are a gentle reminder that you’ll need to make some modifications in order to continue to enjoy the same activities that you did in your younger years.

Your eyes are no exception. In fact, near vision is often one of the first challenges you’ll face as you enter the fourth decade of life.

prelex eye surgery

If you are over 40, and you have begun to notice that newspapers and mobile font look a little blurry, presbyopia is likely to blame. How many times have you wished you could just do away with your glasses and contact lenses? Infinite, for sure. Prelex surgery serves as a great alternative for those looking for a permanent solution to glasses without getting a Lasik treatment. Short for presbyopic lens exchange, Prelex eye surgery is an alternative to Lasik, i.e. laser vision correction and other refractive eye surgical procedures. This article explores the know-hows of Prelex eye surgery in detail to equip you with all the necessary information before you decide to go for it.

What is Prelex surgery?

At the core of it, prelex eye surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure wherein a patient’s natural lens is replaced by implanting an Intraocular lens. This procedure is mostly used to treat presbyopia, which also where it gets its name from- presbyopic lens exchange.

Beginning at around age 40, your eyes will likely begin to lose the ability to focus on objects up close. It’s called presbyopia, and it’s a natural part of the aging process in which the crystalline lens inside your eye becomes less flexible. This leads to development of problems focusing on close objects after the person crosses mid-40s. At the onset of presbyopia, reading glasses become a requisite for many activities. People who have undergone lasik treatment before the age of 40 are also likely to develop presbyopia. Prelex surgery then becomes an appealing alternative wherein the natural lens of the eye is replaced with a multi-focal lens implant that allows you see clearly at all distances.

How does it work?

Prelex is a permanent lens eye surgery, similar to the cataract surgery. The main difference between cataract procedure and prelex is that the former is performed to remove the cloudy eye lens, whereas the latter is done to implant a new, multi-focal lens in the patient’s eyes, thereby reducing dependency on glasses.

At Kenia Eye Hospital, the procedure is done using advanced technology and equipment. Kenia Eye Hospital is one of the pioneers worldwide for the ultramodern “Micro-incision Cold Phaco” technique. Only the latest and very best in technology is employed here. There is no compromise in quality at any step before, during or after surgery. The patient is given a local anaesthetic for the eye. With advance in eye care surgery has become one of the most successful, sophisticated & safe procedures performed. No Eye pad, No injection, No pain, No Dark glasses, No stitches surgery with successful cataract treatment vision will be clearer, brighter, and sharper than it's been for a long, long time. It is a Day Care procedure and does not require to be in the hospital for more than an hour. Patient can resume most of routine activities like walking, reading, watching TV, etc. from the next day after surgery.

prelex surgery

PRELEX is for those who:

  • want to be less dependent on glasses or contacts for far and near vision.
  • are outside the corrective range of LASIK and other refractive procedures.
  • may be showing signs of clouding in their natural lens even though this clouding is not yet interfering with vision.
  • have no health issues affecting their eyes.

Benefits of Prelex:

  1. Safe and successful: The procedure has proven to be absolutely safe and successful in people over the age of 50s. Although there is a possibility of some complications in rare cases, like there is in all surgical procedures, the prelex surgery has proven to be highly successful.
  2. Painless procedure: Like all other refractive surgery, such as cataract and lasik, prelex surgery is a painless procedure. Some itchiness and mild discomfort is pretty normal after the surgery, however, the procedure in itself is absolutely painless.
  3. Quick Recovery: Most people undergoing the procedure have resumed work within 3 days of the surgery. However, the required recovery period also depends on the kind of vocation you are in.

Prelex eye surgery has made lives simpler and given people the opportunity to witness the world without being dependent on glasses. With the success rate and safety assurance, you can rest assured to enjoy life in every colour after the surgery.