RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange)

Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE, is a type of lens implant surgery that is similar to cataract surgery. Here the patients natural lens is removed and replaced with a new intraocular lens, or IOL, before a cataract develops. 

RLE can reduce the need for corrective eyewear by changing the power of the lens inside the eye, thus providing patients with better uncorrected distance vision. In addition, since the natural lens material does not grow back, patients who undergo RLE surgery will not experience cataract development as they get older. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and patients generally can return to normal activities within a day or two.

RLE can be a great alternative to corneal refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK, particularly for older patents who are farsighted. Additionally, it can be combined with LASIK or PRK to give very precise results. 

To find out if you are a candidate for RLE, or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 762-235-3204

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