Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is an innovative vision correction procedure that can eliminate or significantly reduce dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. RLE is designed to address a number of vision issues, such as myopia, and is often a great option for patients who are not candidates for other laser vision correction procedures. The skilled team of experts at Eye Clinic of Austin offer customized RLE treatment to qualifying candidates.
What is Refractive Lens Exchange?
Also known as clear lens extraction or custom lens replacement, RLE replaces the eye’s natural lens with a specialized artificial lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL). This approach is similar to cataract surgery, except that the lens being replaced during RLE is not cloudy.
This eye surgery provides a host of benefits to patients including:
Reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses: While glasses and contact lenses can provide clear vision, they are inconvenient in many situations. For example, eyeglasses may fog up in humid environments, obscuring your vision. Likewise, contact lenses require a level of upkeep that some individuals may not appreciate. For athletes and active individuals, corrective eyewear can even put a damper on their ability to perform or participate in their favorite activities. RLE gives patients the freedom to enjoy clear vision at all times without the hassle of other vision correction alternatives.
Customizable: RLE allows patients to select from a number of intraocular lenses to customize their procedure. The result is an individualized vision correction solution that is compatible with your lifestyle.
No cataracts: Undergoing RLE eliminates the risk of developing cataracts. This is because cataracts can only form in the natural lens of the eye, which is replaced during RLE.
Tailored Vision Correction
Patients can choose from a number of IOLs for their surgery.
Light Adjustable IOLs: The latest and most customizable technology we offer at Eye Clinic of Austin. With the light adjustable lens, we can customize your vision to your needs and prescription after the surgery is completed and dial in your preferences for near and far vision. This is the only lens that can be changed after the surgery and tailored to you.
Multifocal or Trifocal IOLs: Multifocal IOLs give patients clear vision at more than one distance, providing flexibility and limited use of eyeglasses.
Toric IOLs: Those with astigmatism can also benefit from RLE. Toric lenses contain special corrections to help patients with astigmatism experience crisp vision.
Monofocal IOLs: Monofocal lenses correct vision at one set distance. This lens is ideal for patients who prioritize clear vision at a distance but do not mind using reading glasses occasionally for tasks that require clear vision up close.
Clear Vision in Austin
Safe and effective RLE is performed at Eye Clinic of Austin to drastically improve vision. If you are ready to experience life with clear vision that is not tethered to corrective eyewear, it is time to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled doctors. To get started, book an appointment online or call our office today.