Cataract surgery after PRESBYOND LASIK
Interviewer: If you’re going to have a refractive lens exchange and then potentially need it fine-tuned with laser, then why not have the laser in the first place?
Alex Shortt: That’s a reasonable point. But something which often makes patients choose a refractive lens exchange over a PRESBYOND LASIK, is the fact that if you have PRESBYOND LASIK, you will definitely need have cataract surgery at some stage in the future.
Interviewer: I see.
Alex Shortt: It’s essential which way around you want to do it. Do you want to have the quick, safe, simple and lower-cost option of PRESBYOND LASIK to get you ten,15 years without needing glasses, knowing that eventually, you will have cataract surgery? Or, do you want to have it the other way around, and have your lens replacement surgery knowing that there is a 2% chance of maybe needing a small adjustment with a laser?
It’s important to understand here, that when we’re talking about adjusting patients’ eyes with the laser after multifocal lens implants, that this is included in the costs of the initial procedure. It’s one treatment episode. It’s all done within a short period, and then no more treatment afterwards.
Interviewer: If you had a laser procedure, there would be no contraindication in the future to having a cataract surgery procedure?
Alex Shortt: Absolutely not. In the past, with older laser treatments, patients had laser eye surgery 20 years ago. When it comes to doing their cataract surgery, we have to be a little bit careful about which lens implant choices we use. I think if you’re in that situation, you really need a refractive surgeon involved in your care. This is because there are certain multifocal lens implants that are absolutely fine to use after laser eye surgery and others which shouldn’t be used. That’s a very technical thing.
Alex Shortt: But certainly, everyone who’s had laser eye surgery absolutely can have cataract surgery.
Interviewer: That’s good to know.
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