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What is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also called Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), is a procedure with twofold benefits for the aging eye. During the surgery, the eye’s natural crystalline lens is replaced with an artificial lens. This artificial lens corrects any existing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and also eliminates the patient’s inevitable future development of cataracts in the crystalline lens.

Is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) Right For Me?

  • Are you having difficulty reading?
  • Are you having difficulty with your distance vision?
  • Do you have an astigmatism?
  • Do you want to avoid the inevitable lens change (cataract) that comes with aging?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are probably a candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE).

Schedule a consultation and speak with a doctor to find out!

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) FAQ

Q: If I have an astigmatism, can I have Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?
A: In nearly all cases, yes. Read more about refractive lens exchange and astigmatism.

Q: How safe is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?
A: Very. RLE is usually safer than wearing contact lenses. 

Q: Why don't younger patients receive Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?
A: Vision problems in young people can usually be fixed for decades to come with less invasive techniques.

Q: Do you offer premium lens implants?
A: Yes. Premium lenses are often used to help aid in visual correction of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism in some patient cases. 

Q: Do you use a laser for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery?
A: Yes. The most demanding part of any lens surgery is creating an incision in the eye. We use an advanced laser incision technology that minimizes the size of the slit and improves healing times.

 

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