Improve Your Vision with Refractive Lens Exchange

Clearer Vision

Replacing your natural lens with an advanced IOL can provide clearer, sharper vision, especially after cataract surgery.

Reduced Reliance on Glasses or Contacts

Before IOLs, patients had to use thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses after cataract removal. After a refractive lens exchange using premium IOLs, patients can experience a reduced or eliminated need for glasses or contacts.

A Range of Options

With a wide variety of IOLs available, you can choose the option most suited to your needs and lifestyle

Is refractive lens exchange a complex procedure?

We Have the Right IOL for You

At Wicker Park Eye Center, we offer many intraocular lenses, including:

  • Toric IOLs: Used for astigmatism correction, torics can provide freedom from eyeglasses after cataract surgery.
  • Alcon AcrySof® IOLs: We offer a range of AcrySof IQ IOLs, including torics, monofocals, and the ReSTOR® multifocal lens. 
  • TECNIS Symfony® IOL: The Symfony lens from Johnson & Johnson can correct astigmatism, as well as age-related farsightedness or presbyopia.
  • TECNIS® Monofocal IOL: The advanced TECNIS lens comes preloaded in the iTEC® delivery system for optimal predictability and functionality.

Our team also uses arcuate relaxing incisions, a means of refining the shape of the corneal surface for enhanced results after treatment

Is an IOL right for me?

Candidacy Factors

While intraocular lenses can provide benefits for many patients, there are certain conditions that may disqualify you, such as Fuch's Dystrophy and other issues. Other factors that can affect your candidacy include:

Dry Eye

Issues with dry eye can interfere with your ability to safely undergo refractive lens exchange. We provide a range of dry eye treatments to help restore your candidacy.

Macular Degeneration

For patients with advanced macular degeneration, implanting an IOL may make their vision worse. Our team can recommend alternatives for patients with AMD.

Previous Refractive Surgeries

If you have already undergone a refractive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, you are unlikely to get the results you want with an IOL.

Glaucoma

In early stages, patients with glaucoma can still benefit from an IOL. However, if your glaucoma is poorly controlled or you have already undergone glaucoma surgery, refractive lens exchange may not work for you.

You can discuss your options with our team during your initial consultation. We can determine the best treatment option for improving your vision.

Let’s break down what happens during IOL placement...

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange typically occurs during cataract surgery. However, some patients choose to undergo IOL refractive surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Before the procedure, we will take measurements of your eye to determine which IOL is right for you. 

Refractive lens exchange usually takes less than an hour to complete.

What to Expect during the Procedure

Refractive lens exchange usually takes less than an hour to complete.

Sedation and Anesthesia

Your doctor will numb your eye. We can also provide you with sedation to help you relax.

Incisions

Your doctor will create one to three tiny incisions in your cornea to access your lens.

Lens Removal

We can use advanced tools to soften or break up your lens before removing it.

Lens Replacement

Your doctor will place the IOL.

Completing the Procedure

No sutures are necessary after surgery. You will need someone to drive you home.

What will my results look like?

before and after cataract surgery before and after cataract surgery

Does it take a long time to recover?

Every Patient Is Different, But Recovery Generally Takes Eight Weeks

For most patients, it takes about eight weeks to fully heal after refractive lens exchange. While you recover, you should:

  • Keep your eye covered, even while you sleep
  • Avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eye
  • Use all medication provided by your doctor
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise

We will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your eyes as they heal. Our team will also monitor you as you heal to make sure there are no complications.

Is refractive lens exchange really worth it?

The Majority of Patients Are Satisfied with Their Results

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*According to a study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

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Wicker Park Eye Center

At Wicker Park Eye Center, our team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care in a family-friendly environment. With one board-certified ophthalmologist and two optometrists, we offer a range of advanced treatment options. To learn more about our doctors, click on their links below.

For more information, contact our office online or call (773) 376-2020 today.

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I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.

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I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.

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Chicago Office

2222 W Division St
Suite 135 Chicago, IL 60622

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

Open one Saturday per month

More Info Directions (773) 376-2020

Message

I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.