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Q&A Series: Refractive Lens Exchange FAQ’s

14th November 2017

LaserVision offers a comprehensive range of bespoke Refractive Lens Exchange treatment options. In simple terms, this means that each patient benefits from new, personalised lenses, which provide the best and most accurate correction for their vision.

When it comes to any eye related treatment, there are always a lot of questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Refractive Lens Exchange:

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a treatment that provides more visibility and freedom from glasses or contact lenses. When patients want to see more clearly without glasses or contact lenses, patients can choose either corneal-based surgery or lens-based surgery. Refractive lens exchange is lens-based surgery.

The surgery itself involves a minuscule incision made to the eye so that the natural lens can be removed and the new intraocular lens (IOL) can be positioned. Stitches are not required in most cases.

Is Refractive Lens Exchange Safe?

Like any surgery, there are risks involved. With that being said, refractive lens exchange involves the same process as cataract surgery. Since cataract surgery is one of the most common eye treatments and safest surgeries globally, refractive lens exchange is equally safe. 

Your Professional Eye Surgeon will guide you through the process and assist you in making the best choice for your vision.

What type of anaesthesia is used during the RLE treatment?

For this treatment, the numbing agents used consist of relaxing medication and a local anesthetic. Your anesthesia will be monitored throughout your treatment to help ensure a pleasant, comfortable and pain free experience.

Will I need to have RLE or another cataract surgery repeated later?

We love to inform patients that the answer is, No! RLE is a permanent procedure and the cataract problem is solved for life.

Why doesn’t RLE use a laser?

Unlike a LASIK procedure that uses a laser to shape your cornea, RLE works differently by replacing the lens in your eye all together. This procedure is very similar to one of the most commonly performed eye surgeries, cataract surgery.

Will I still need glasses?

Unfortunately this answer can not be provided via this blog as the procedure for each patient must be assessed on an individual basis but, in a large number of cases, glasses are no longer required at all. Whether or not you need glasses depends on the needs of your laser vision correction and the type of IOL your doctor recommends. Following your doctor’s examination of your eyes they will recommend a specific IOL, and be able to give you a realistic prognosis.

For more FAQ’s and information regarding our Refractive Lens Exchange surgery please click here. To book a consultation at your nearest LaserVision clinic online, click here, or call 0800 024 8888 to discuss your requirements in detail.

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