Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange (RLE), also known as lens replacement surgery, is a common procedure which involves replacing the natural lens inside the eye with a synthetic implant called an intra ocular lens. It is performed to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. The eye lens replacement procedure can also improve vision for those suffering from cataracts. Refractive Lens Exchange is recommended for those over 50 but younger patients may be considered if their prescription is out of range for correction with laser surgery. 

RLE and cataract surgery are the same procedure.  Cataract surgery is done to correct the need for glasses, it is called refractive lens exchange (RLE). 

How much does RLE cost?

The cost of the procedure is set by the consultant ophthalmologist performing the surgery.  There is generally an initial consultation fee to be paid before the operation fee. 

Who is Refractive Lens Exchange suitable for?

Refractive Lens Exchange can benefit almost any patient with refractive problems, it is particularly beneficial for people who have unusual corneas or have had eye surgery in the past. 

Who is suitable for RLE and is it safe?

Refractice lens exchange is suitable for patients aged 50 and over and those who are not a candidate for laser vision correction. RLE is a very safe procedure and one of the most common procedures done.  As with any medical procedure, complications may arise so it is important to discuss these with your consultant ophthalmologist.  Recovery time is quick within a few short days.  The use of eyedrops is required after the operation. 

If you have any questions about RLE, feel free to ask the optometrist or give us a call on 01635 528844.