Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

RLE is a surgical procedure in which the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. RLE, sometimes called “clear lens extraction”. RLE is also commonly performed on patients who are not good candidates for laser vision correction because of thin or flat corneas or high levels of hyperopia.

Because RLE eliminates the ability of the natural lens to adjust for reading and other activities that involve near vision, it may not be a good option for patients under 40, unless an accommodative or pseudo-accommodative IOL is used. (After about age 40, most people’s eyes begin to naturally lose their ability to focus at different distances.) A pseudo-accommodative lens may help with near vision or intermediate distance vision.

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