Will I Still Need Glasses After Refractive Lens Exchange?

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Refractive lens exchange (RLE) may sound complicated, but it offers the same fantastic vision-clearing results as its more famous counterpart, LASIK. RLE works by replacing your eye’s faulty lens with a synthetic one, an intraocular lens (IOL). It’s identical to cataract surgery, meaning it’s a well-practiced procedure proven to be safe, quick, and effective. It can also decrease or remove reliance on glasses or lenses. So, don’t suffer any longer; contact us today at Focal Point Vision or visit us in San Antonio, TX.

What is refractive lens exchange?

While the results of refractive lens exchange are akin to those of LASIK patients, the procedure itself is like cataract surgery. The only difference is that it does not require the presence of cataracts since its goal is to undo the refractive complications that plague so many of us. These include nearsightedness and farsightedness, caused by the eye’s inability to focus light as it should. Refraction is a fancy word for “bend.” To achieve crystal-clear vision and focus, your eyes must properly bend light onto the photoreceptive retina.

Failure to do so obscures one’s vision at various ranges or causes a pervading blurriness that can impede your daily tasks. In addition to making it tougher to concentrate, work, and enjoy yourself, sufferers may also experience eye strain and associated ailments, like headaches.

RLE is a wonderful option for patients who are not great candidates for LASIK or PRK for various reasons. For example, a good candidate for RLE will typically be in their 40s and have a moderate-to-high level of nearsightedness or farsightedness. This option is also excellent for those with age-related visual complication presbyopia.

Will I still need glasses after refractive lens exchange?

RLE can banish visual problems and give you the crisp vision you deserve. Without much trouble, as the procedure is straightforward and quick, and its basis (cataract surgery) is among the most practiced globally. Moreover, it only necessitates a few steps. First, we make a tiny incision on the outermost layer of the eye, the cornea. Then, we use specialized but gentle-acting technology to break down your eye’s natural lens. Finally, we replace it with a synthetic, customized lens based on your unique needs.

It typically takes less than 20 minutes, and better vision comes quick, with most patients reporting dramatic improvements within a week. RLE will reduce the dependence on glasses, though your overall outcome depends on personal factors, such as your prescription and the type of lens you will receive. It’s also possible that eyesight changes continue to occur with age.

Therefore, it’s hard to currently say whether or not you will need to continue using your glasses. Though we will be able to give you more specific details when we see you for your comprehensive consultation

Get in touch today for a better, brighter tomorrow

RLE provides life-changing results for those who do not qualify for LASIK or PRK. You no longer need to suffer the refractive issues that drain your energy and rob you of your visual acuity. As with many past patients, you can see better, feel better, and gain a more confident pep in your step.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.