Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lens Implant Life Span

Question: I have a question about the life span and how long lens implants last. My mother had cataract surgery and lens implants in both of her eyes done in 2004 and has great success. She is now 89 and is wondering if there is a life span on the lens or are they good for the life of the person.

Answer: Lens Implants are made of materials that are designed to last well beyond the life span of the person receiving them. The are made from biocompatible polymers-or plastics-that rarely, if ever degrade. Some of the early Lens Implants used in the mid and late 70's are still in place with patients enjoying clear vision. It is quite typical for Lens Implants to last more than 20-30 years. As long as you mother stays healthy and maintains her eye health, and is free of inflammation or other eye disease, the Lens Implants should serve her well for many years to come. The key is to maintain healthy eyes.

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