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Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange - Also known as Clear Lens Exchange and Presbyopic Correcting IOL Exchange

As our eyes age they often develop a condition known as presbyopia, which typically means that glasses or contact lenses will be needed to read or perform iup-close activities. Presbyopia is vision condition that cannot be cured with laser vision correction. Fortunately, there is an alternative to glasses or contacts: Refractive Lens Exchange.

Refractive Lens Exchange Advantages:

  • Very fast recovery
  • Predictability of outcome
  • Excellent quality of vision

Different from other vision correction procedures, refractive lens exchange is very similar to cataract surgery This is a surgical procedure intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40, who may be experiencing new visual challenges. Refractive Lens Exchange also commonly called RLE, can be used to correct presbyopia, nearsightedness or farsightedness.

While LASIK concentrates on correcting the shape of the cornea, Refractive Lens Exchange replaces the natural lens of your eye with an advanced multifocal or accommodating intraocular lens (IOL), allowing clear vision at every distance. An additional benefit to the refractive lens exchange is that you'll never have to worry about cataracts because the multifocal IOL will remain clear as your eyes age.

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For individuals over 40 who are considering refractive surgery to decrease dependence on glasses and contact lenses, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an excellent option worthy of serious consideration. Please consult directly with our doctors at Capitol Eye Care to determine what IOL is right for you and your unique vision.

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The Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

The natural lens inside the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial implant, called an intraocular lens, in order to correct your farsightedness or nearsightedness. The power of this intraocular lens is calculated. There are occasions where LASIK and/or PRK are needed after the Refractive Lens Exchange in order to fine-tune and better correct the vision.

The main difference between standard cataract surgery and clear lens extraction is that cataract surgery is primarily performed to remove a patient's cataract that is obscuring and clouding their vision, while refractive clear lens extraction is performed to reduce a person's dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Refractive Lens Exchange can be combined with Laser Vision Correction to treat astigmatism.

The Refractive Lens Exchange procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Only one eye will be treated at a time. After the eye is completely numbed with topical or local anesthesia, the eye's natural lens will be gently vacuumed out through a tiny incision, about one eighth of an inch wide.

Next, the new intraocular lens will be folded and inserted through the same micro-incision. It will then be unfolded and placed into the "capsular bag" that originally surrounded the natural lens. The incision is "self-sealing" and usually requires no stitches. It remains tightly closed by the natural outward pressure within the eye. This type of incision heals fast and provides a much more comfortable recuperation.