Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a surgical procedure that uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is now the most common and safest surgical procedure performed in medicine today. The main difference between standard
cataract surgery and RLE is that cataract surgery is primarily performed to remove a patient's cataract that is obstructing and clouding their vision, while RLE is performed to minimize a person's dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
As an alternative to LASIK, refractive lens exchange replaces the natural lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). In doing so, the IOL refocuses light to eliminate refractive errors, rather than changing the shape of the cornea as done in LASIK. The accuracy in obtaining the desired improvement is exceptionally high. In some patients, Premium intraocular lenses can be used that may be helpful in improving both distance and near vision. Alternatively, patients may opt for distance vision in both eyes or monovision. Implants are intended to last a lifetime, and are made of materials like silicone or acrylic that will not affect your eye.
Refractive lens exchange can be a great option for patients who have refractive errors outside the range treatable with LASIK, for those whose farsightedness can be better alleviated with a new lens, or for patients over the age of 50 who have the start of cataract formation. Often in these circumstances, the procedure can a better option than laser vision correction, and can be equally effective in reducing dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
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Dr. Jeremy Kieval is a board-certified, cornea and refractive surgery specialist at the Lexington Eye Associates. His practice focuses principally on laser eye surgery (LASIK and PRK), cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses, and corneal disease and transplants.Experience You Can Trust
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