Synthetic lens can restore vision
COMMENTARY | Prelex
By John Loesing
THE BOOK COVER—Dr. Khanna’s work addresses Boomer eyesight.
Looking into the future, it’s easy to see what many of the baby boomers have in common. The 132 million U.S. men and women who are over 45 are routinely affected by failing eyesight, especially the ability to see up close.
Modern science is shedding new light on the topic of presbyopia and offering older Americans a chance to see like they were young again.
Men and women born between 1946 and 1966 are prime candidates for the procedure called Prelex, short for presbyopic lens exchange, in which the aging eye lens is removed and replaced with a new synthetic lens that allows the eye to see objects both near and far.
“I like to call it PI in the eye,” says Dr. Rajesh Khanna of Thousand Oaks, one of the leading Prelex and Lasik surgeons in the country. (PI stands for presbyopic implant.)
Khanna is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Khanna has published a new book titled “Prelex” that is geared toward older Americans who are fed up with reading glasses and poor vision—and want to do something about it.
“I didn’t sugarcoat anything,” the doctor says. “I put it out there and introduced all the risks and complications. It’s still the safest procedure out there.”
Prelex can be performed whether the patient is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism. It can also be performed whether a person has had Lasik, radial keratotomy or other eye surgeries.
“Baby Boomers demand more and need to be seeing great,” Khanna says.
“This means if you are on a hiking trip you can pull out a map and read it without glasses,” his book states. “Or if you are a pilot, you may still retain your license without worrying about not seeing all those fancy instruments.”
In his book, Khanna tells patients everything they need to know about pre- and post-surgery, and about the operation itself.
The lens replacement is brief and painless, and takes about 15 minutes. The recovery period is quick and the results last for life. The presbyopic implants used in Prelex are FDA approved. Doctors have several lenses from which to choose.
“‘Wow, it’s a miracle.’ That’s the most common reaction I’ve heard,” Khanna says.
Prelex also will prevent cataracts.
For more information visit www.khannainstitute.com.