Refractive Lens Exchange
What is Refractive Lens Exchange?
As we age, the natural crystalline lens inside the eye loses its ability to focus on close objects resulting in a condition called presbyopia. If this cannot be corrected with laser vision correction, then the natural lens can be replaced with an Advanced Technology Lens to help see clearer and reduce the need to wear glasses or contact lens. Once you have had refractive lens exchange, you will not develop a cataract later in life.
RLE can also be combined with laser vision correction to correct any residual refractive error using a procedure called bioptics.
What is the difference between cataract surgery and RLE?
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is identical to modern cataract surgery. Both operations involve replacing the natural lens with a synthetic lens implanted through a tiny incision in the eye. The only difference is that cataract surgery is performed mainly to correct blur or light scatter caused by a misty natural lens whereas RLE is performed to reduce the dependence on glasses or contact lenses.