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RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange)

Refractive lens exchange may be a better option than LASIK, PRK for some people with presbyopia, astigmatism and hyperopia(farsightedness).  A refractive lens exchange replace your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your refractive problem and achieve sharper focus, reducing you need for glasses, including biofocals.


How do I know if  refractive lenses exchange is right for me?

Refractive lens exchange is generally for people with presbyopia or farsightedness for whom LASIK, PRK and ICL surgery generally are not suitable. For people with both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia, RLE may be the only viable option for both clear vision and minimal reliance on glasses after refractive surgery.


Refractive Lens Exchange: About the Procedure

Lens replacement surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes around 15 minutes. Both eyes are usually done at the same time.

Typically there is little discomfort and many patients report fast vision improvements after surgery.


Refractive Lens Exchange: After the Procedure

Initial recovery from refractive lens exchange takes about a week before you can resume to normal everyday activities. Your final vision outcomes can take several weeks and you may notice vision disturbances such as blurry vision, halos and glare as your eyes begin to heal.