What is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Refractive Lens Exchange, also known as clear lens exchange is a highly precise surgical method of replacing the natural lens of the eye with an intraocular lens (IOL), this is not changing the lens of the eye but replacing it entirely. Conditions such as extreme farsightedness, nearsightedness, or presbyopia (blurred near vision due to the hardening of the lens due to age) can be corrected with this procedure while other surgeries such as LASIK cannot. Refractive lens exchange is an alternative to laser vision correction and is surgically very similar to cataract surgery.
The Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange Include:
- Quick Recovery
- Can help you see both near and far
- Major decrease of dependency on corrective lenses
- Prevents any future development of cataracts
- Enhanced vision
- Permanent solution that lasts a lifetime
Patients who choose to undergo refractive lens exchange have several options when it comes to the IOL that will be implanted into the eye. This procedure uses the same IOLs as cataract surgery and can treat all visual disorders, including astigmatism. We offer patients the most advanced premium IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at a greater range of distances. Some of the most common IOLs include PanOptix®, Vivity®, Synergy® multifocal lenses, and Toric astigmatism correcting lenses.