Is refractive lens exchange right for you?
Discover if Refractive Lens Exchange is the perfect fit for you. Our expert eye care evaluation determines eligibility based on criteria like extreme myopia or hyperopia and addressing presbyopia to reduce reliance on glasses.
REDUCING RELIANCE ON GLASSES
RLE bends light, ensuring clearer vision at different distances and reducing the need for glasses or contacts. Results may vary; your eye doctor will provide personalized guidance to optimize your visual outcome.
SUCCESS RATES FOR THE WIN
Studies have indicated that over 95% of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better after the procedure. RLE has a low risk of complications, making it a safe and effective option for many individuals seeking vision correction.
NOT A LASIK CANDIDATE
Refractive Lens Exchange is an excellent vision correction option if you’ve been denied LASIK due to extreme refractive errors or specific eye conditions, especially for individuals over 42-43 who first become presbyopic. It offers lasting results and improved visual clarity, with over 90% of patients being candidates. Your eye doctor will guide you through personalized recommendations for the best possible outcome.
What results are possible?
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) offers improved vision by correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, with the added benefit of reducing reliance on glasses. It provides a lasting solution with a relatively quick recovery, making it a safe and effective alternative for patients that rely heavily on glasses or contacts for everyday tasks.
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When the day came glasses/contacts were no longer sufficient options, Dr. Bigles assured me Multifocal Lens replacement was the answer. For the first time in my life, I have no glasses, no contacts, colors are more vivid, everything is crystal clear. The gift of sight is priceless.C.M.
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Experience life unencumbered with refractive lens exchange.
Preparing for Refractive Lens Exchange begins with an initial consultation where your ophthalmologist evaluates your eye health and discusses your symptoms, such as extreme nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia, that prompt consideration for the procedure.
REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE CONSULTATION
During the consultation, your provider will also explain various IOL options, considering your lifestyle and preferences, enabling you to make an informed decision that best suits your visual needs.
To perform the refractive lens exchange procedure, your surgeon will:
- Administer eye drops to numb your eye and may provide medicine for relaxation. You’ll be awake but experience blurry vision, perceiving light and general movements.
- Use a laser to create a small incision where your sclera and cornea meet.
- Employ a pen-shaped tool to remove your natural lens (phacoemulsification), using ultrasound waves to liquify the pieces and a vacuum system to suction them out.
- Insert the new IOL through the same incision, positioning it within your lens capsule without stitches, as the incision will seal on its own.
- Apply a protective shield over your eye to ensure safety during the recovery process.
What is the Difference between a Cataract Procedure and Refractive Lens Exchange
Cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange are both eye lens replacement procedures involving the implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL). The key distinction lies in their purpose:
- A cataract procedure is performed when the natural lens becomes cloudy, hindering vision. A clear IOL is inserted to restore clear sight.
- Refractive lens exchange addresses refractive errors (presbyopia/myopia/hyperopia) in the absence of cataracts. It replaces the clear lens to correct focus problems, reducing dependence on glasses or contacts for enhanced daily activities.
- Patients who opt for RLE will never develop cataracts. This solution eliminates refractive errors permanently.
Dr. Jose Bigles
Dr. Jose Bigles is a fellowship-trained refractive surgeon experienced in treating a wide variety of ophthalmic disorders, and specializing in restoring vision through cataract and Lasik correction. Contact our office to schedule an examination to diagnose and treat your medical condition.LEARN MORE
How long does it take?
The actual procedure takes between 15-30 minutes, but including the initial prep and post-procedure rest, expect about three hours.
What to expect after the procedure
After the procedure, you’ll be monitored for around 30 minutes before going home (arrange for a driver). Expect blurry vision initially, which improves in a few days. Temporary side effects may include double vision, a gritty feeling, and red or watery eyes. Visual side effects like shadows, shimmering light, or halos may occur, especially with multifocal IOLs, but typically lessen over time. If concerns arise, please call our office at (770)786-1234.
What is the recovery time?
Recovery typically spans up to eight weeks, but you can resume most normal activities within a few days or weeks. Your provider will advise when it’s safe to drive, work, swim, or exercise (contact sports may require additional time). We will counsel you on the best advice based on your condition and lifestyle.
Is the procedure painful?
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is usually not painful during the procedure. Your eye will be numbed with eye drops, and you may receive medication to help you feel relaxed. You will be awake during the procedure but should not feel any pain. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure during the procedure, but it is generally well-tolerated.
Vision For Your Lifestyle
SURVEY FOR CATARACT PATIENTS
You have an important decision to make about your vision future. This survey is designed to help us understand your vision goals so we can provide you with the best possible lens for your lifestyle.