REFRACTIVE PROCEDURES: Refractive Lensectomy

As we age, the lens inside our eye loses its ability to focus both near and far. Most vision correction procedures attempt to change the focusing power of the cornea.

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Refractive lensectomy, on the other hand, corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing the eye’s natural lens, which has the wrong power, with an artificial intra-ocular lens (IOL) implant that has the correct power for the eye.

Refractive Lensectomy is for those who:

  • want to reduce/eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses
  • may not be a good candidate for laser vision correction
  • are 18+ years of age


A Refractive Lensectomy involves the insertion of a lens implant into the eye, much like those used in cataract surgeries. Before this refractive surgery, your eye will be anesthetized topically or locally. Next, your surgeon will make a small, 1/8-inch incision, through which the natural lens is gently removed. Then, the new intraocular lens is inserted into the same small incision and unfolded in place. So far, visual results to-date have been excellent, with few side effects or complications. Patients who are not eligible (or not candidates) for any of the other types of refractive surgical procedures may be great candidates for a Refractive Lensectomy.