Lens replacement surgery, better known as refractive lens exchange (RLE) or clear lens exchange, is an alternative to LASIK and other laser eye surgeries. The procedure involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, designed to improve vision and decrease dependence on glasses and contacts. It is the same procedure used to remove cataracts, but it’s performed for the purpose of improving vision.
While traditional lens replacement surgery has been used for patients with cataracts for years, advancements in technology have enabled doctors to use the same technique to help improve vision in patients with difficult vision problems like high degrees of farsightedness. These people are often not good candidates for LASIK. RLE has also proven to be effective in improving the vision problems associated with presbyopia, an age-related condition that makes it difficult to focus up close.
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Today there are a number of different lenses available that address a variety of visual needs. For patients in their 60s or older who are considering LASIK, the presence of early cataracts may make refractive lens exchange a better option. RLE will get rid of the cataracts and improve vision at the same time. Some of the latest improvements in lens technology have come from the use of newer materials and unique lens designs. These improvements include:
- Multifocal and accommodating lenses
- Improved vision in dim lighting
- Better depth of focus
- UV protection
If you are considering refractive lens exchange it is important to discuss the procedure with Dr. Bernitsky, your qualified lens surgery doctor in Albuquerque, to determine if it is the best procedure for your eyes. Dr. Bernitsky is proud to provide patients with the latest technological advancements in vision correction that enhance safety and produce exceptional results.