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Visionary Visions: Unlocking Clarity with Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

Posted: Jun 07 2023

What is refractive lens exchange surgery?

Refractive lens exchange surgery is a vision correction procedure that involves replacing the natural lens inside the eye with an artificial intraocular lens. It is typically used to treat Presbyopia and corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, for patients over 50 years old. The replacement lens eliminates the dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

RLE replaces the function of a person’s natural lens, which diminishes with age. This type of surgery can also be recommended if a patient has started developing cataracts, even if the cataract is not visually significant. This procedure is seen as the best solution for many older people looking to improve their sight. Generally, RLE works best for those who are long-sighted but can also treat short-sight and astigmatism.

How does RLE surgery work?

Lens replacement surgery is a procedure that replaces the natural lens of an eye with an artificial intraocular lens designed to correct refractive errors. The surgery is technically identical to cataract surgery. It is a safe and effective way to treat conditions such as myopia (short-sightedness) or hyperopia (long-sightedness). During your initial consultation, your specialist consultant eye surgeon will scan and test your eyes to determine your suitability for lens replacement surgery. They will also discuss the procedure’s benefits and potential risks with you and agree on a personalised plan.

On the day of the surgery, anaesthetising eye drops and a mild sedative will be administered to ensure the procedure is painless. Your surgeon will then soften your existing lens using ultrasound before carefully removing it through small micro-incisions in the cornea. The artificial intraocular lens will then be placed in its place and positioned correctly so it can focus light properly onto your retina. Surgery is usually performed on both eyes on the same day or can be separated one week apart. The entire procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes per eye, after which a protective shield is worn at night for 2-3 days.

Who is suitable for refractive lens exchange surgery

Corrective lens surgery is a procedure that can be used to treat presbyopia and other forms of glasses correction. This type of vision correction surgery is most suitable for patients aged fifty or older, although other age groups may also qualify in certain cases. Patients with existing cataracts, astigmatism, very high prescriptions, or stable glaucoma are all usually suitable candidates for corrective lens surgery.

The first step in the process will be an initial consultation with a qualified surgeon to evaluate the patient’s eyes through scans and tests. During this appointment, your specialist will decide if corrective lens surgery is the best option for you based on your specific vision needs and the state of your eye health. Other treatments or techniques may be available to help improve vision while avoiding any potential complications associated with surgical interventions. It’s important to talk to an expert who can help you decide which is best for you.

The benefits of refractive lens exchange

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) offers an array of potential benefits for individuals unable to have LASIK surgery, such as those with severe near-sightedness or farsightedness or those with thin corneas. RLE is a procedure in which your natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). The result is the correction of the need for glasses correction of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.

In addition to correcting the eye’s refractive error, RLE provides several other advantages. Mainly vision does not deteriorate with age after RLE surgery as it would otherwise do after laser correction, and it is not possible to develop a cataract after RLE.  The procedure is low risk, and there is a fast recovery period – usually just a few days – during which time you should be able to return to most activities.

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Choosing OCL Vision for your RLE Surgery

In conclusion, when it comes to refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, choosing OCL Vision can be a transformative decision for your vision and overall quality of life. With our expertise, advanced technology, and commitment to patient care, OCL Vision offers a comprehensive solution tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re seeking freedom from glasses or experiencing age-related vision changes, OCL’s skilled surgeons and state-of-the-art facilities ensure exceptional results and a smooth surgical experience. Trust OCL Vision to guide you through your RLE journey, providing clarity, precision, and the gift of clear vision that lasts a lifetime. Don’t just settle for better vision—choose the best with OCL Vision.

OCL Vision is England’s only surgeon-owned, comprehensive private eye care group. With OCL Vision surgeons operating in dedicated clinics in London and Elstree, Hertfordshire, patients can access world-class eye care closer to home with a specialist consultant who has dedicated their career to a specific branch of Ophthalmology.

OCL Vision’s clinics on New Cavendish Street in central London, Kensington and at Elstree’s Centennial Park provide a wide range of eye-related surgical procedures, including cataract surgery, LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange surgery, such as well as other types of surgical vision correction techniques.

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