Refractive Lens Exchange (Clear Lens Exchange)
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) may be an option if you are not a candidate for laser vision correction.
RLE is a surgical procedure that uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery which is now the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States today.
The difference between standard cataract surgery and a refractive lens exchange is that cataract surgery is primarily performed to remove a patient’s cataract that is obstructing and clouding their vision, while a refractive lens exchange is performed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or corrective lenses.
RLE works by replacing your natural lens with a silicone or plastic intraocular lens (IOL) with many lens options available depending on your vision needs. This artificial intraocular lens is a permanent replacement for your natural lens and is designed to last the rest of your life. Since cataracts are a part of the normal aging process people who have a refractive lens exchange now will not have to have cataract surgery in the future.
Please contact us if you have any questions or to find out if Refractive Lens Exchange is a good option for you.
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