What is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

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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1209 York Road,
Lutherville, MD, 21093
410-821-9490
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Saturday: 9:00am-1:30pm

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Professional Office Building
Suites 514 & 902
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-727-8380
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7106 Ridge Road
Rosedale, MD 21237
(410) 866-2022
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Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-1:30pm

3401 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite 202
Abingdon, MD 21009
410-569-0707
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111 Mt Carmel Rd #600
Parkton, MD 21120
410-329-6700
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310 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-833-5515
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21 Crossroads Drive
Suite 425
Owings Mills, MD 21117
443-738-4270
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(closed the 3rd Friday of the month)

901 Dulaney Valley Road
Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204
410-583-1000
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