Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is an alternative to LASIK vision correction for patients who are severely farsighted or require reading glasses for up-close vision (the condition called presbyopia).
An RLE procedure is quite similar to cataract surgery because the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a specific type of artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Different IOLs can improve reading vision or your unique refractive error that is causing blurry vision. You do not need to have cataracts in order to benefit from an RLE procedure.
An added benefit of RLE is that cataracts will not form on the replacement lenses. This can prevent you from needing cataract surgery in the future.
At Atlanta Vision Cataract and Laser Center our Atlanta Refractive Lens Exchange specialists offer a variety of IOLs (monofocal, multifocal, accommodating and Toric) to meet the varying vision needs of our patients. During initial exams, we’ll determine which type will provide your best vision results.
How Refractive Lens Exchange Works
Only one eye is treated at a time. Expect to be in our office for a few hours on the day of your procedure, but the actual surgery only takes about 15 minutes.
- Numbing eye drops are applied to your eyes
- Your doctor makes a small corneal incision to gently remove the natural lens
- The pre-selected IOL is inserted
Recovery typically takes one week, but it may take longer to achieve your final, clear vision results. When your first eye is fully healed, you can have the procedure performed on your second eye.
Your new lens will not be visible to other people and you will not feel it in your eye. However, you should enjoy the benefits of your improved vision!
To find out if refractive lens exchange in Atlanta is right for you, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.