Refractive lens exchange (also known as Clear Lens Exchange or Refractive Lens Replacement) is a surgical procedure designed to reduce or eliminate the need for distance glasses or contact lenses for people over 40, and it can be used to treat both farsightedness and nearsightedness. RLE corrects vision by removing the crystalline lens in the eye and replacing it with a new artificial lens, much like what happens in cataract surgery. This procedure is elective and not covered by insurance.

 

What to Expect

Step One
Typically taking 15 minutes to perform, anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye and you will be given a mild sedative.

Step Two
A microscopic incision is created to allow access for an ultrasonic suction probe that gently breaks up and removes the gel from inside the lens capsule.

Step Three
A flexible Advanced IOL is folded up and inserted into the lens capsule in place of where your natural lens used to be.

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