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Refractive Lens Exchange: No more glasses! 

Refractive Lens Exchange words highlighted by the lens of glasses.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)? 

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a surgical procedure that replaces the natural crystalline lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure is similar to cataract surgery in that both involve removing the natural lens and replacing it with an IOL, but RLE is done on patients who have not yet developed cataracts. It is also sometimes referred to as clear lens extraction or clear lens replacement. 

Who Is a Good Candidate For Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)? 

RLE may be right for you if you are over 40 and have trouble seeing clearly at both short and long distances due to presbyopia—the condition that causes difficulty focusing on objects up close as we age. 

The Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 

The primary benefit of RLE is that it eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Unlike traditional vision correction surgeries such as LASIK, which only correct nearsightedness or farsightedness, refractive lens exchange can correct most types of visual impairments—including presbyopia—without the need for extensive follow-up care. 


If you’re tired of relying on glasses and contacts in order to see clearly, then RLE might be an option worth considering. This surgical procedure can restore clear vision without the need for extensive follow-up care and without introducing any additional risks beyond those associated with any other type of surgery. However, before making any decisions about whether this option is right for you, it’s important to speak with your doctor first in order to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of procedure. With careful consideration and expert advice from your doctor, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether RLE can help improve your quality of life by restoring your clear vision once more!

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