I promised an quick update on the progress of my refractive lens exchange surgery last month and the good news is everything has worked out extremely well.
The first eye was done right after Christmas and the second eye two weeks ago. They removed my perfectly good, but near-sighted, natural lens and replaced it with a trifocal artificial lens that supplants any need for me to wear glasses for distance, contact lenses, or ‘cheaters’ for up close work.
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Within just 24 hours of the 5 minute procedures, I was assessed at slightly better than 20/20 vision, with no discomfort, haziness, or loss of up-close vision. I do have some slight ‘halos’ around lights at night, but nothing that is problematic. My wife, who had the same surgery in the fall, said that her halos have gradually gone away over the last few months.
As I noted earlier, the surgery is quite expensive. It’s about $6K per eye – which is 2-3x the cost of lens exchange work done for people with cataracts. It’s purely elective, so insurance will not cover it. We weren’t budgeted for it, but saved enough on travel in 2020 to make it happen.
In the future, it will be nice to only pack my sunglasses!
Have a great weekend!
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