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Lens Replacement Surgery, also called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is a procedure in which the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). A vision correction procedure, RLE can give stable vision and make your sight clearer and brighter in many conditions.
This procedure is often performed to correct significant refractive errors, such as high degrees of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness and high farsightedness), or astigmatism, as well as presbyopia, a condition that affects near vision as people age.
Refractive Lens Exchange is used to treat several types of prescriptions. Consulting with an experienced eye surgeon is crucial to determine if you’re a suitable candidate and understand the benefits and risks of refractive lens exchange surgery.
You will often be a good candidate for RLE if any of the following apply to you:
With a replacement artificial lens, your vision can be improved in the following ways:
If you and your optician decide that Refractive Lens Exchange is the best option, you will undergo a ten-minute procedure per eye.
You will be administered a mild sedative and some numbing eye drops. The skin around your eyes will also be sterilised and then covered. Securing your eyes open with an eyelid holder, a small incision will be made in the eye.
Using ultrasound, the natural lens will be fragmented into pieces. Removing the old one, your surgeon will then implant the new intraocular lens (IOL) into your eye.
There are several lenses used in RLE, depending on the type of eye condition you are experiencing:
Here’s an overview of how lens replacement surgery works:
LASIK (laser eye surgery) is the most popular treatment for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. However, it is not commonly used for extreme prescriptions or where ageing changes are present in the lens (lens dysfunction syndrome).
Adding or replacing lenses, such as RLE, is preferable for high hyperopia prescriptions (farsightedness).
Any kind of eye surgery comes with risks, though Focus Clinics holds itself to high standards for safety and patient satisfaction.
Surgically correcting refractive errors carries a handful of potential risks. It’s important to thoroughly discuss these risks with your eye surgeon and make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances. Here are some potential risks associated with lens replacement surgery:
It’s important to remember that while these risks exist, Focus Clinics have a high success rate and have helped many individuals achieve improved vision and quality of life.
A thorough pre-operative assessment, open communication with your surgeon, and adherence to post-operative care instructions will help minimise risks and optimise outcomes.
Focus Clinics are specialists in outstanding results. We have a unique 100% success rate for 20/20 vision for short-sighted LASIK. This impeccable record is important to us — a 98% success rate is no good if you fall into that unlucky 2%.
We work hard to ensure that your eyes are healthy, as shown by a 5/5 top rating on TrustPilot. That’s the highest trust rating out of every ‘eye treatment’ clinic. Contact us today and book a free telephone consultation with one of our expert eye surgeons.
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