Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

More and more people are choosing refractive lens exchange (RLE) for improved quality of life. Worldwide, over 50 million intraocular lenses (IOL) have been implanted in patients. Although RLE is similar to cataract surgery, the reasons for performing the surgery differ: RLE is performed for patients whose natural lenses have insufficient power to permit a clear vision without visual aids. One crucial difference is that refractive lens exchange replaces a clear lens while cataract surgery replaces a cloudy one. Furthermore, RLE is recommended for patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction.

What are the steps of the Refractive Lens Exchange?

Before the LENS MDTM procedure, eye drops are administered to dilate pupils. This step may trigger light sensitivity and blurred vision. Following this, additional eye drops will be used to anesthetize the patient’s eyes.

The surgery itself consists of four easy steps:

Step 1

Step 1 – The surgeon creates a tiny incision in the eye, where the lens will be inserted.

Step 2

Step 2 – The surgeon uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to remove the natural crystalline lens of the eye. Through this specialized and precise instrument, called a phacoemulsifier, the natural lens is then removed.

Step 3

Step 3 – The natural lens is replaced with a new foldable artificial lens.

Step 4

Step 4 – The new lens unfolds and takes the place of the natural lens, for an easy and smooth transition. The procedure is completed, with no stitches required, allowing for a speedy self-healing process. The procedure generally takes less than 15 minutes per eye.

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Please note that those who have had surgery will not be allowed to drive home following their procedure and must arrange for transportation ahead of time.

RLE can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), lens opacities, and, when special lenses are used, some astigmatism and presbyopia.

LASIK MD is currently using the following lenses for IOL surgeries:

FineVision by PhysIOL
FineVision™ is a trifocal intraocular lens that features a series of rings which diffract light to provide far, intermediate and near vision, lending to the name FineVision™. This intraocular lens features a patented innovative trifocal structure designed to significantly improve performance for both near and intermediate vision. FineVision™ has been used in 43 countries around the world in over 75,000 patients since 2010.

Alcon Acrysof® IQ PanOptix®
The PanOptix® trifocal intraocular lens is designed to provide patients with excellent near-to-intermediate vision, and increased independence from glasses while addressing astigmatism. This lens features a comfortable and continuous range of near to intermediate vision without compromising distance vision. AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® was launched in 2015, it is currently available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

AMO’s TECNIS® Symfony
The TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL delivers high-quality vision by bringing together two types of technologies:  The first is the proprietary diffractive echelette feature, which extends the range of vision. This provides patients with improved eyesight at near, intermediate and further distances, with reduced appearance of halos and glare. The second technology is the proprietary achromatic feature, which corrects chromatic aberration for enhanced contrast sensitivity. This feature introduces a pattern of light diffraction that elongates the focus of the eye, resulting in an extended range of vision.

If you are interested to learn more about or to find out if you are a candidate for the refractive lens exchange procedures that we offer with LENS MDTM, book a free, no-obligation consultation today.