REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE (RLE)
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR
LASIK eye surgery is the most popular laser vision correction procedure sought out as an option to correct distance vision. However, patients who are over the age of 50, typically want to see better up close and at a distance or may even have beginning signs of Cataracts. In these cases Refractive Lens Exchange may be a better option than LASIK. Imagine being able to see your world as it was when you were younger, less dependent on glasses and contacts, and without the hassel of reading glasses. This is all now possible with refractive lens exchange or clear lensectomy. Stahl Vision and Eye Laser and Surgery Center are Dayton's most experienced centers for Refractive Lens Exchange, or as it is also known, Clear Lensectomy, or Lens Replacement Surgery.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a synonym with Clear Lensectomy, or Lens Replacement Surgery. We offer 4th generation Advanced Lifestyle Bifocal Implants or Premium Implant Lenses such as the Symfony®, Multifocal Tecnis®, and Acrysof Panoptix®. These are types of bifocal/multifocal implant lenses used with Refractive Lens Exchange as well as cataract surgery. These implant lenses, also known as intraocular lenses, allow clear distance, intermediate and near vision for many patients. Refractive Lens Exchange is a great option for people over 50 who are struggling with near vision and interested in seeing more clearly without their glasses and contacts. Refractive Lens Exchange is a better option for vision correction than LASIK for those who need bifocals or readers, or those who are starting to develop cataracts.
RLE is the exact same procedure as cataract surgery it is just performed prior to the lens being fully matured into a cataract. Because the cataract is still considered mild, medical insurance doesn't deem it as necessary for removal. Patients may not be horribly inconvenienced by the mild lens changes, but patients with mild cataracts are no longer a candidate for LASIK. LASIK unfortunately can not resolve the issues that cataracts will eventually cause. Choosing to have RLE with an advanced lifestyle IOL can correct your distance, intermediate, and near vision. Possibly and likely alleviating the need for glasses and contacts all together. The same lens options are available to RLE & cataract patients.
RLE may also be performed in patients who are extremely nearsighted making them ineligible for LASIK.
Refractive Lens Exchange is a better option for vision correction in those who have lens issues such as Presbyopia, Cataracts or extreme amounts of Myopia, Hyperopia, or Astigmatism. LASIK would require the removal of too much tissue from the surface of your eye in order to achieve ideal results. Everyone will eventually develop cataracts on the inside of the eye with enough birthdays, even if LASIK was performed at some point on the outside of the eye.
You will never develop a cataract after RLE because the natural lens has been removed during surgery being replaced with an artificial lens that will last a lifetime!
HOW TO DECIDE WHICH IMPLANT LENS IS FOR YOU?
The best way to determine which Advanced Lifestyle Bifocal Implant Lens is best for your Refractive Lens Exchange is to complete a full eye exam in our office. Once our surgeons have measured and examined your eyes, we can discuss your lifestyle, vision needs or concerns and then determine which Advance Lifestyle or Premium Implant Lens will help you see your best. The current lens options include Symfony, Multifocal Tecnis, and the Toric. These upgraded options are a vast improvement over the standard or monofocal implant lens which would require you to still be dependant on glasses or contacts for most of the time. These lenses are trusted, as well as, tested and approved by the FDA.