Refractive Lens Exchange
Are you interested in attaining visual freedom? Even if you’re not a suitable LASIK candidate, a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange may be the solution you need.
Our trusted specialists at The Center For Excellence in Eye Care will ensure you receive the most advanced eye care in Miami.
What is Refractive Lens Exchange?
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a vision correction procedure that reduces your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. It works by removing the natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens.
The intraocular lens (IOL) takes over the job of the natural lens, ensuring you can see clearly. RLE and cataract surgery are almost identical, except during cataract surgery, a cataract is removed.
During Refractive Lens Exchange, you do not need to have cataracts to have your natural lens replaced with an IOL.
How Do I Know I’m a Good Candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange?
Many people considering Refractive Lens Exchange may have recently discovered that they can’t get LASIK. Unlike LASIK, which reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors, RLE involves removing and replacing the natural lens.
You may be a good candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange if:
- You’re over the age of 40
- You’re farsighted and have presbyopia, meaning that it’s become more challenging to see things up close
- You want to reduce your dependence on reading glasses
- Your eyes are healthy
The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange is to schedule an appointment at The Center For Excellence in Eye Care!
What are the Advantages of Choosing Refractive Lens Exchange?
Besides reducing your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, RLE has several advantages. One of the most significant is knowing that you won’t have cataracts.
By removing the natural lens and replacing it with an IOL during the vision correction procedure, you won’t have to think about cataracts as you age. Instead, you can enjoy crisp, clear vision as you participate in daily activities like reading, sewing, hiking, and boating.
Another advantage of having Refractive Lens Exchange is you’ll have better vision. As you get older and develop presbyopia, seeing things up close without reading glasses becomes almost impossible.
Reading a menu in a restaurant or seeing the small print of a newspaper requires using reading glasses. But after RLE, you won’t need to depend on visual aids, no matter what distance you’re looking at.
Your vision will no longer be something that needs to hold you back.
What Kind of IOL is Best for Refractive Lens Exchange?
Before having Refractive Lens Exchange, you’ll discuss your intraocular lens options with your Center For Excellence in Eye Care ophthalmologist. We offer the following premium lens implant options:
PanOptix Trifocal Lens
The PanOptix trifocal IOL allows patients to see well at all distances, including up close, far away, and everything in between. It significantly reduces dependence on visual aids while providing clear vision, no matter what you see.
With a multifocal IOL, you’ll be able to see clearly at any distance, with the ability to see well up close and far away simultaneously.
This never changes, no matter what conditions you’re in.
Toric lenses are the only premium lens specifically designed to correct astigmatism. When you have astigmatism, it makes your cornea misshapen, resulting in blurry vision. With a toric lens, you can correct astigmatism, see clearly, and reduce your dependence on visual aids.
Light Adjustable Lens
The Light Adjustable Lens is the only IOL that allows patients to customize their vision after cataract surgery. UV light locks in your optimal vision for life 5-6 weeks after the procedure.
Patients can see up close, far away, and at intermediate distances with an accommodative lens. Accommodative IOLs move inside the eye by mimicking your eye’s natural ability to focus, reducing dependence on glasses and contacts.
Want more information about Refractive Lens Exchange? Schedule an appointment at The Center For Excellence in Eye Care in Miami, FL, today!