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Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE, also called Clear Lens Exchange or Clear Lens Extraction) is an intraocular surgery where one’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a plastic intraocular lens (IOL). It is performed the same way cataract surgery is. With the goal of correcting prescriptions that otherwise may not be corrected through traditional refractive surgical options such as LASIK or PRK.

Depending on the intraocular lens your natural lens is replaced with, you vision maybe corrected for distance, up-close, astigmatism and/or a range of vision (with Multifocal or Extended Depth of Focus Lens).

Refractive Lens Exchange

Potential Complications

Since RLE performed in the same way as cataract surgery, complications are similar to those undergoing cataract surgery including:

  • Retinal detachment, especially in extremely nearsighted people
  • Dislocated IOL
  • Increased eye pressure (ocular hypertension)
  • Infection or bleeding inside the eye
  • Droopy eyelid (ptosis)
  • Glare, halos and blurry vision
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