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Surgery on an eye that doesn't have a cataract is called clear lens extraction. This is a cosmetic procedure, in that is is being done to help a person see better but doens't have a qualifying diagnosis of cataract. This surgery has the potential risk of causing a retinal detachment thus surgeon are reluctant to put a patient at risk for this. There are other options such as Lasek/Lasik/PRK but would need a thorough eye exam to ensure that the patient has a cornea that would be amendable to these procedures. There are surgeons that do clear lens extractions. Would recommend finding an ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive surgery as they would be able to find plausible alternatives.
thank you for this. My friend has been told that she isn't a candidate for LASIK due to an astigmatism. here is her prescription:
RIGHT EYEDist: Sphere +4.25 Cylinder +1.00 Axis 135 degreesRead: Sphere +6.25 Cylinder +1.00 Axis 135 degreesLEFT EYEDist Sphere +3.25 Cylinder +0.75 Axis 170 degreesRead: Sphere +5.25 Cylinder: +0.75 Axis 170 degrees.
can you think of any other alternatives that might be open to her? sometimes it's a case of knowing hte right question to ask...!!
On review of this refraction I don't feel their is very much astigmatism. The wavefront technology and new Lasek models should be able to deal with this. I'd recommend a second opinion to make sure this is correct. LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.