Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

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At Fisher Eye & Laser Center, we are committed to improving vision in Naples, Florida. Our ophthalmologists and eye care professionals offer a range of vision correction procedures, including refractive lens exchange, commonly known as RLE. The RLE procedure is suitable for patients who are experiencing presbyopia, which is near vision loss due to age. RLE may also be a LASIK alternative for patients with a wide range of vision correction needs who are not candidates for LASIK.

How Does RLE Work?

Your vision is dependent on the way in which your eye’s natural lens focuses light. Refractive errors or impairments of the lens can cause vision errors. In the RLE procedure, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL). Fisher Eye & Laser Center offers a variety of IOL types and our RLE specialists will customize your RLE procedure to fit your lifestyle and vision needs.


Benefits of RLE

RLE can significantly improve vision and potential benefits include:

  • Correction for a variety of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Effective in treating presbyopia, or age related near vision loss
  • Can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts for vision at all distances
  • May be an alternative to laser vision correction for those who are not LASIK candidates
  • Prevents future risk of cataracts

What Happens During Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery?

RLE is an outpatient procedure and one eye is treated at a time, with the surgeries for each eye usually scheduled about one week apart. Prior to RLE surgery numbing eye drops will be administered and you will be offered an oral sedative to help you stay comfortable. The actual procedure is quite quick. Your RLE surgeon will make a tiny incision and remove your eye’s natural lens. They will then replace it with the type of IOL that you and your surgeon chose during your consultation appointment. Some patients feel pressure, but it is typically a painless procedure.

Am I A Candidate for RLE?

You may consider RLE if you would like a vision correction procedure, but have been told that LASIK is not right for you due to corneal irregularities or the severity of your refractive errors. RLE is also an option for patients over 45 who are seeking a solution to age related near vision loss due to presbyopia. The best way to find out if RLE is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with an RLE specialist at our Naples office.

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