People with cataracts now have options. A cataract is a clouding that occurs in the normal lens that comes as part of the normal aging process. The cure is a sophisticated procedure called lens replacement which is performed rapidly and with virtually no pain or discomfort. What is so exciting today is that lens replacement surgery or cataract surgery now has the option of being a refractive procedure as well. In other words, if you have a cataract and are wearing glasses, you can have lens replacement surgery and no longer need glasses. The improvements are so significant that we can now replace lenses with a new lens that can correct both near and distance vision. Because we, at The Eye Clinic of Texas have so much experience with refractive procedures, LASIK, and excimer laser refractive procedures, we have been performing refractive lens implantation for years

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One of the most frequent questions patients ask is whether or not the LASIK procedure will last. The simple answer is yes, it does last. We have a long experience with laser refractive surgery – 20 years to be exact, and for most of our patients, laser refractive surgery lasts. We have patients who had the procedure 20 years ago and have had little or no change in their refractive error. Of course, as patients develop changes in their own bodies, they may develop refractive changes as well. Diabetes and cataracts can change the refraction of an eye and thus the need for an enhancement.

LASIK lasts as long as it is performed within the range in which it is considered effective. If we expand the parameters beyond of treatment beyond certain limits, the refraction can change with time. Because we have such a long experience with the procedure, we do know what the limits are.