Refractive Lens Exchange

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Michigan Refractive Lens ExchangeRefractive Lens Exchange is a common ocular procedure that corrects vision by replacing your natural lens with an artificial lens. In doing so, successful Refractive Lens Exchange can reduce your dependence from contact lenses or reading glasses.

Additionally, the procedure enables most people to recover in a short period of time, though this timeline may vary from patient to patient. Refractive specialist Dr. Paul Ernest is proud to provide Refractive Lens Exchange services, and has a vast amount of experience with over 90,000 surgeries performed.

Dr. Ernest is well-known for excellence in refractive lens exchange and has a meticulous attention to detail with every patient he works with.  He spends significant time in his initial consultations with all of his patients and always takes ample time to ensure everything is done right.  Explore below to learn more about Refractive Lens Surgery and if you or a loved one is a good candidate for Lens Exchange!

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What Are The Different Types Of Artificial Lenses Used?

Refractive Lens Surgery Michigan AssessmentRefractive Lens Exchange is a procedure that replaces your natural lens with an artificial one. These artificial lenses are known as intraocular lenses (IOLs). However, when it comes to IOLs, there is not a one size fits all solution – the course of action for each patient varies due to their specific ocular need.

We as human beings have our vision in three different buckets: middle, distance, and near. If you have vision set for the distance bucket, you will need glasses for middle and near.  Because of this, there are a few different types of IOLs used in Refractive Lens Surgery, including:

Monofocal Intraocular Lens

A monofocal intraocular lens in Refractive Lens Surgery can help patients see either close up, from far away, or mid-range – as monofocals perform well at a single distance, you will still need reading glasses, glasses for driving in the dark, and more.

PanOptix Refractive Lens Exchange


The first and only Trifocal lens in the US that gives excellent vision in all levels of patient needs (distance, mid-range, and near). The PanOptix is the most successful lens in the world with minimal side effects. This lens gives vision at all distances and unlike trifocal glasses you will not need to tilt your head up and down.

Toric Version Refractive Lens Exchange

Toric Version

There is a Toric version of each of the previous lenses used to correct preexisting astigmatism that is not able to be corrected with the femtosecond laser.

Femtosecond Laser

Femtosecond Laser

The Femotsecond laser is used to center the lens in the eye.

Ultimately, Refractive Lens Exchange experience and selection of intraocular lenses will vary from patient to patient. Dr. Ernest understands this and will customize your vision based on your needs.

Whether you struggle with an astigmatism, far-sightedness, or a different ocular issue, our practice is here to best serve you with a personalized Lens Exchange procedure. To do so, we require patients to schedule a consultation appointment to not only determine their candidacy, but to map out the best procedure plan for them.

Is Refractive Lens Exchange Right For Me?

Knowing how Lens Refraction really works, is it the right procedure for you? Before you can schedule a Refractive Lens Exchange, you will have a consultation with us to determine if you are a good candidate.

There are some aspects to consider when determining if a patient is fit for Lens Exchange, including:

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Your Age

This procedure is best for patients over 45 years of age who have difficulty functioning without glasses. Individuals who struggle with age-related vision issues such as presbyopia are some of the best candidates for Refractive Lens Exchange. Younger adults with non-age related vision issues may be eligible for more than just this procedure, and such options will be discussed at your consultation.

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If You’re Not A Candidate For LASIK

When we consider who makes for a great Refractive Lens Exchange candidate, we also consider your candidacy for LASIK. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, Lens Exchange may be the best vision correcting procedure for you!

So, is Refractive Lens Exchange right for me? We will need to conduct a consultation first to determine if this is the best procedure for your needs.  We invite you to schedule a consultation with us to learn more at any one of our four locations, and take advantage of for our expertise to determine if Lens Refraction Exchange services are the right fit for you. Following a consultation, we will be able to plan out the best course of action for your ocular health, as well as answer any questions you may have!

Frequently Asked Questions About Refractive Lens Exchange:

There are many questions that potential candidates for our Michigan Refractive Lens Exchange ask, and we are here to help. Our team has compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about Refractive Lens Exchange.

Here are some of the most popular questions:

Will My Insurance Cover The Procedure?
Typically, insurance providers do not cover the costs related to Lens Exchange procedures, nor do HSA or FSA accounts. This is because Lens Exchange is categorized as a cosmetic surgery. However, we cannot speak for all insurance providers and recommend that you reach out them for more information. Our practice also offers financing through Alphaeon Credit and we will be happy to provide you more information on this when we meet with you.
We offer extremely competitive rates on our services and are always willing to work with our patients in providing accessible payment plans. Please give us at call (877) 852-8463 to discuss payment options.
A conscious sedation is used, where the patient is comfortable but alert enough to follow directions. Anesthesia methods can be discussed during your consultation if you require a different option for your comfort.

Experienced Cataract And Refractive Specialist Dr. Paul Ernest

Dr Paul Ernest Refractive Lens ExchangeWith over 90,000 procedures and surgeries performed, Dr. Paul Ernest is an experienced and knowledgeable eye surgeon for your Michigan Refractive Lens Exchange needs. Known for prioritizing both patient well-being and revolutionary ocular research, Dr. Paul Ernest is a trusted professional with decades of experience and attention to detail that will make your vision dreams become a reality. Like any significant purchase, Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery can be a great benefit to you and significantly improve your well-being, and we take ample time during the initial consultation and the whole process to ensure we get it right!

If you are interested in scheduling a Refractive Lens Exchange consultation or have any other questions about Lens Exchange, please give us a call at (877) 852-8463 or view our Contact page. We are here to help you achieve your ocular health and wellness goals by providing exceptional medical care and expertise!

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