Refractive Lens Exchange

Go Beyond the Limitations of LASIK and Unlock the Full Potential Your Vision

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a vision correction procedure that is intended for people aged 40 or older. The purpose of the procedure is to reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses. The procedure will also make your need for cataract surgery in the future extremely unlikely. RLE is an outpatient procedure which means you will be able to go home the day of your eye surgery. The risks associated with Refractive Lens Exchange eye surgery are low and overall patient satisfaction is high, as most patients report having the vision they have desired within days post-operation.

Refractive Lens Exchange eye surgery is quick, and relatively painless as well. The surgery itself takes 10-15 minutes for each eye, typically performed two weeks apart. During the procedure your surgeon will remove the natural lens of your eye and replace it with an acrylic Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL). There are multiple IOLs which serve various vision correction needs. You and your surgeon will discuss your vision goals and decide which IOL is the best choice for you. There are monofocal IOLs, toric IOLs, extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOLs such as the Vivity IOL, and trifocal IOLs such as the PanOptix IOL. After your procedure you may notice some minor side effects, such as glare and halos, depending on the IOL you ultimately choose.

Is this the same as LASIK? No, and if you've been told you aren't a candidate for LASIK, then RLE might be the best option for you to correct your vision. In addition, patients have a much lower rate of dry eye following RLE compared to LASIK, as the incisions are much smaller with RLE.

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What are the advantages of Refractive Lens Exchange compared to LASIK?
  • Zero risk of flap complications (no flap!)
  • When combined with an advanced technology lens, RLE will correct both near and far vision without the need for monovision (one eye distance, one eye near)
  • Having RLE will not complicate future cataract surgery, because you're extremely unlikely to need cataract surgery
  • Surgery is performed by Board-certified cataract surgeon with over 15 years experience, who will handle all of your post-operative care
  • Lower risk of dry eye symptoms following surgery

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