Refractive Lens Exchange | RLE | Alternatives to LASIK
If you have questions or concerns about your vision, you’ve come to the right place. Davis Eye Center helps talk our patients through all of the options when it comes to improving your vision including glasses, LASIK, and alternatives to LASIK such as Refractive Lens Exchange.
If you’re familiar with LASIK and have previously been told by a former doctor that LASIK isn’t right for you, we’ll help you find the best solution. If during your FREE consultation, Dr. Davis confirms LASIK isn’t the best option, he’ll talk to you through the many vision-correcting alternatives. This includes the Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE, procedure. If you’re a good candidate, this surgery will help reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. No matter the path of treatment, count on the Davis Eye Center to help you achieve the highest-quality of vision possible.
What is Refractive Lens Exchange?
Refractive Lens Exchange, also known as RLE, is a vision-correcting alternative to LASIK. This two-part procedure is often suitable for candidates who experience moderate-to-severe farsightedness or presbyopia. Presbyopia is a loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye that causes farsightedness. This condition typically occurs in middle to older aged adults.
How does the RLE procedure work?
During the RLE procedure, Dr. Davis removes the patient’s natural crystalline lens and replaces it with an Intraocular Lens Implant. This gives the patient the ability to correct distance, intermediate and near vision to achieve their visual goals.
To start, Dr. Davis will apply numbing drops to your eye and, depending on your needs, might give you some relaxation. Next, he will make a small incision at the edge of the cornea and remove the patient’s natural crystalline lens. Then, Dr. Davis will replace this lens with an artificial, intraocular lens implant. As a result, you’ll be able to see far away and up close with both of their eyes.
How Should I Prepare?
Unlike other vision-correcting surgeries, only one eye at a time is treated during the R.L.E. procedure. With that being said, one of the most important keys is remembering to arrange transportation to and from your appointments. Due to the nature of the procedure, you won’t be able to drive yourself.
What to Expect After an RLE Procedure
A minimum recovery period of one week can be expected between the first and second RLE procedure. Dr. Davis may prescribe eye drops to prevent infection or inflammation and artificial tears to help lubricate the eye. Within 24-48 hours after surgery, a follow-up visit with your doctor will be scheduled to monitor your progression. Multiple follow-up visits over the following months will also be conducted to ensure vision stabilization.
Generally, we advise waiting at least one week after surgery before driving and beginning any non-contact sports. This gives your eyes the right amount of time to adjust to the new lenses. We highly-recommend giving our office a call before resuming any normal activity. Each patient will experience variable healing times and we just want to ensure you receive the highest level of results.
Let’s Get Started | Alternatives to LASIK
We don’t expect you to be an expert in RLE and decide that it’s the best treatment for you. That’s what the Davis Eye Center is here for! We just want to give you some extra information to ensure that, if it is the right treatment for you, you know what to expect. Schedule your vision appointment today with the Davis Eye Center so we can discuss your vision health!