Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange (RLE), also called lens replacement surgery or clear lens extraction, is frequently used as a refractive surgical procedure for the correction of high presbyopia and high hyperopia.

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Hospitalization

Yes/No

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Length of stay

0 to 1 Day

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Anesthesia

General or Local

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Length of procedure

15 Minutes to 1 Hour

What is refractive lens exchange?

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is frequently used as a refractive surgical procedure for the correction of high presbyopia and high hyperopia, for which laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or phakic intraocular lens (IOL) refractive surgery is unsuitable. The RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) is a vision correction technique for patients who are over 45 years old and frustrated with their reading glasses and decline in vision. RLE is also known as the Life style Lens because it allows patients to return to many of the activities that they enjoy. The procedure for refractive lens exchange 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.

• Patients with up to -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness, up to +5.00 of farsightedness and up to 5.00 of astigmatism. • Persons looking to get rid of continual cost and side effects involved in glasses and contact lens use. • Patients who are over 45 years old • Patients whom LASIK, PRK or phakic IOL surgery generally are not suitable

Patient will meet with an ophthalmologist to go through medical history taking and eyes will be fully examined; Likely initial tests include measuring refraction, corneal mapping, eye pressure, and pupil dilation will be done.

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Discomfort
Mild to Moderate (controlled with prescription of local pain medications)
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Duration of results
Long lasting
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Potential risks
Dry eyes, itching, inflammation, eye infections
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Scars
No scar

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