Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a vision correction procedure that involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens almost like putting a permanent contact lens inside your eye. The procedure can reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, as it allows the eye to better focus light onto the retina. RLE can treat a wide range of refractive errors and has proven to be an effective method for correcting more severe cases of nearsightedness and farsightedness, and astigmatism. Those who may not be good candidates for LASIK or PRK often find RLE to be a beneficial alternative, helping them achieve permanent vision correction.

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Advantages of RLE

RLE holds several benefits for those wishing to improve their vision, including the following:

  • Alternative option to laser vision correction
  • Can treat more severe refractive error problems
  • Reduced need for glasses or contact lenses
  • Prevents cataracts from developing
  • Permanent results

The RLE Procedure

The RLE procedure is very similar to that of modern cataract surgery. A small incision is made at the base of the cornea, and the crystalline lens is removed. The artificial intraocular lens, or IOL, is then gently inserted and guided into place. The entire process takes approximately 20 minutes.

Recovery from RLE is typically fast, and most patients feel comfortable enough to return to their normal routine by the following day. You will be given post-operative care instructions for the extent of the healing process, and you will return for follow-up visits to ensure the recovery is going smoothly.

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Contact Virginia Eye Consultants

If you are interested in Refractive Lens Exchange, and would like to learn if you are a good candidate for the vision correction procedure, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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