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).