Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome
Dysfunctional lens Syndrome (DLS) prevents light from properly passing through the lens, resulting in symptoms including glare and blurry vision. Often a part of the aging process, DLS can even impact those who have had LASIK or PRK and may necessitate glasses or contact lenses over time.
DLS occurs in stages beginning with the onset of presbyopia, typically in the 40s. In the 50s and 60s, stage two begins. This stage is marked by degrading lens optics which causes light scatter and may interfere with night vision, requiring brighter lights for reading. Stage three of DLS occurs when cataracts develop and is more common in the 70s.
If you are beginning to notice diminished vision or increased glare and halos, please contact Brooks Eye Associates online or by calling (972) 737-1181 to schedule an examination with Dallas eye surgeon Dr. Dain Brooks.
Diagnosing Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome
Dr. Brooks is pleased to offer the revolutionary iTrace from Trace Technologies to diagnose DLS. iTrace uses the fundamental principle of optical ray tracing to sequentially project 256 near-infrared laser beams into the eye, allowing for the precise measurement of forwarding aberrations.
By providing auto-refraction, corneal topography, ray tracing aberrometry, pupillometry, and auto-keratometry, the iTrace gives Dr. Brooks highly detailed information about a patient’s cornea and lens. While detailed, this data is easy to understand, allowing Dr. Brooks to provide the information needed for you to truly understand your treatment options.
Treating Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome
Because DLS will result in cataracts, the natural treatment option is the replacement of the eye’s lens with an IOL. Refractive lens exchange permanently corrects DLS, eliminating the need for future cataract surgeries.
It is important to remember that, when performed to correct DLS, refractive lens exchange may be seen as an elective by insurance and therefore an out-of-pocket expense. We believe the benefits of unobstructed vision far outweigh any initial costs and would be happy to discuss financing options with you during your initial consultation.
To schedule your examination with our experienced and board-certified Dallas eye surgeon, please call (972) 737-1181 today. Dr. Brooks welcomes patients from Plano, Frisco, and all surrounding North Central Texas communities.