Top 5 Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange

When you start looking for a way to correct your vision, laser eye surgery like LASIK is usually the first option you will find. However, you have other options that have significant benefits over these procedures. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) gives you flawless, vision-correcting new lenses that offer much more than better sight. 

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive lens exchange is a form of vision correction that removes your natural lenses and replaces them with artificial ones. Lenses are clear, disc-shaped structures behind your irises (the colored part of the eye) that focus light. If your natural lenses do not provide clear focus, RLE can replace them with new ones that offer sharp, clear vision. Your eye surgeon has several lens options to correct your specific vision problems. 

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Top 5 Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange

Eye surgeons like Dr. Senekal may recommend RLE for many reasons. These benefits make this procedure an excellent alternative to laser eye surgery, and it even works for people who may not be able to have LASIK. 

Minimally Invasive

The refractive lens exchange procedure takes about 15 minutes. Your eye surgeon makes a small incision in your cornea and then accesses the capsule containing your natural lens. This lens is gently broken up and removed. The eye surgeon places the new lens, which is folded to fit through the small incision, into the capsule. The incision heals without sutures within days, and you will often see better almost immediately. 

Treats More Vision Problems

If laser eye surgery is not the best option for treating your vision concerns, RLE can often help. It can often treat stronger prescriptions and may be a better option if you have certain eye conditions, including early cataracts. You can have RLE to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. 

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Rapid Recovery

Many people notice that their vision has improved within hours of the procedure. You may experience irritation, sensitivity, and haloes or glare around lights for a few weeks. Prescription eye drops will keep you comfortable and help your eyes heal. You can return to work within a few days and most of your usual activities within a week. 

Long-Lasting Results

The lenses used in refractive lens exchange will stay in place for a lifetime without maintenance or needing to be replaced. You will not be able to see or feel your new lenses, and they work just like your natural ones but focus light more effectively. Unlike your natural lenses, they will not undergo age-related changes. 

Prevents Future Issues

As you age, your natural lenses will undergo several changes. First, people over the age of 40 will develop presbyopia, a condition where the lens gradually becomes less flexible. Later in life, most people will develop cataracts as the lenses become cloudy. Your new lenses will never experience these conditions. 

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