If you desire better vision with surgery but are not a candidate for LASIK, refractive lens exchange (RLE) may be right for you. This advanced procedure, also called clear lens extraction, is similar to cataract surgery in that both are designed to replace the lens of the eye, except lenses treated with refractive lens exchange are not clouded. Ahead, the team of experts at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute explains the many benefits of this surgery.
Reduced Dependence on Glasses and Contact Lenses
Glasses and contact lenses can be a hassle, especially for active individuals and athletes. RLE provides patients with clear vision through the use of artificial lenses, which provide ideal results and can eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses altogether. While there is a chance you may need reading glasses occasionally, this procedure offers a significant reduction in dependence over vision-corrective eyewear.
You Have Lens Options
RLE involves replacing the natural lens of the eye with an artificial one known as an intraocular lens (IOL). There are many types of IOLs that offer different vision correction options for the patient. Our Ophthalmologists will work with you to help you determine which IOL is right for your unique circumstances.
Monofocal lens: These lenses provide sharp vision at one distance only. Many patients opt to correct their vision for distance and rely on glasses for activities that require clear vision up close.
Multifocal lens: Multifocal IOLs give patients the ability to see clearly at both near and far distances. These are ideal for those that want freedom from glasses and contact lenses for most activities.
Toric lens: Toric lenses are ideal for correcting astigmatism in patients.
Light adjustable lens: The light adjustable lens allows your vision to be adjusted after your cataract surgery, making it a great option for those that want to preview a range of vision outcomes before selecting the best one.
Treatment for Many Refractive Errors
The procedure can correct a range of refractive errors, including:
- Extreme cases of nearsightedness or farsightedness
- Refractive errors that make you ineligible for laser vision correction
Eliminate the Risk of Cataracts
A key benefit of RLE is you will not have to be concerned about developing cataracts — which only form in a natural lens — later. Because the surgery removes the natural lens, the risk of cataracts is eliminated, giving you clear vision with peace of mind.
Contact Us Today
If you are not a candidate for laser vision correction, you still have options for improving your vision. Learn more about refractive lens exchange at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute by booking an appointment online or calling our office today.