Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also called lens replacement surgery or clear lens extraction, may be a better option than laser eye surgery or phakic lens implant for people with presbyopia and high hyperopia (far sightedness).

RLE replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your refractive error and achieve sharper focus, reducing your need for reading glasses or bifocals.

RLE typically is for people with presbyopia or extreme farsightedness, for whom other types of procedures are generally are not suitable. If you have both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia, RLE may be the only viable option for clear vision and minimal reliance on glasses after refractive surgery.

RLE also can correct myopia (near sightedness).

The procedure for RLE is virtually identical to cataract surgery. The difference is that in RLE, the lens being replaced is clear, rather than a cloudy lens due to a cataract.

Today, the demand for precise and enhanced vision has increased along with the extension of active age. In over 40s near-and farsightedness may become a problem. The constant swapping of two glasses, or bifocal / multifocal lenses is a serious financial burden as well as a major inconvenience. RLE surgery can help to get rid of all your spectacles, prevents the formation of cataracts at a later age and ensure you enjoy the unique experience of sharp vision again.

Intraocular Lens (IOL) design

A comprehensive eye examination is followed by the calculation for the IOL design, that is the planning of the implanted IOL power and type. This type is optional according to the patient’s needs, depending on whether the patient wants to see clearly only for farsightedness after the surgery, or for both farsightedness and near sightedness as well.