Refractive surgery encompasses a range of procedures for virtually all refractive errors of the eye. It is not indicated for everyone but where there is a strong desire to be free of optical correction, surgery can be considered with confidence.
The refractive error of the eye can be reduced by altering the power of the internal lens of the eye. Replacing the natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens has been routinely used in cataract surgery for many decades.
When a patient is under 45 years of age but is not a candidate for eye laser surgery, an intraocular lens may be implanted without removing the natural lens and to preserve the eye’s accommodation.