Refractive lens exchange can correct vision by removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with a high technology lens implant.
For patients that are wanting to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses and may not be a good candidate for refractive surgery like LASIK, a refractive lens exchange may be a great option for them. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is used to correct refractive error such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism by removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with a high technology lens implant. This procedure is a great option for those who desire great vision with minimal dependence on glasses or contacts but do not yet have cataracts.
The RLE procedure is identical to cataract surgery. The only difference is the level of cloudiness of the lens, or cataract.