PreLEX stands for Presbyopic Refractive Lens Exchange. It is the procedure of choice for those patients over 40 who have not yet developed cataracts but are having trouble seeing distance and near without the use of glasses or contact lenses. While LASIK improves distance vision, those under 40 can still see up close with their natural focusing abilities. However, those over 40 have difficulty with near vision because their natural lens is becoming less flexible, so LASIK would not benefit their near vision. This is the area of visual problems that the PreLEX procedure addresses.
PreLEX removes the natural lens that has not yet become a cataract and replaces it with a multifocal lens implant, allowing the patient to see distance, intermediate, and near clearly. Both eyes need PreLEX treatment before full benefits are seen. It’s the same type of procedure that is performed for cataract surgery patients, who need a new lens because their natural lens has become cloudy and opaque.
Are You a Candidate for PreLEX?
PreLEX is primarily designed for presbyopia patients, but it can also correct vision in patients who do not medically qualify for LASIK eye surgery or PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy).
You may be a good candidate for PreLEX if:
You’d like to depend less on bifocals or reading glasses, you have early signs of cataracts, you have moderate to severe myopia or hyperopia. After carefully examining your eyes, EuroEyes doctors will recommend the best lens for your unique needs.
The Advantages of PreLEX
Almost everyone who undergoes PreLEX will not need glasses for distance vision, and most patients will not need reading glasses either. Another major advantage of PreLEX is that it prevents cataracts, since they cannot form in an artificial lens.
Other benefits of the PreLEX procedure include:
- Minimal side effects
- Fast vision stabilization
- Proven history of success
- PreLEX is one of the safest treatments of its kind
If you have presbyopia, or if you have been told you are not a candidate for other types of refractive surgery, contact EuroEyes today to schedule a free PreLEX screening.