Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a surgical procedure performed to replace your eye's natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens in order to restore sharp vision. It is commonly performed as a LASIK alternative for patients who aren't suitable LASIK candidates. In recent years, RLE has also become a popular treatment option to improve vision issues associated with presbyopia.
The best way to determine whether refractive lens exchange is the right option for your vision correction needs is to visit our ophthalmologists for a comprehensive eye evaluation. Please call (845) EYE-CARE today to schedule your free consultation at one of our offices, conveniently serving Poughkeepsie and the entire Hudson Valley area.
Refractive Lens Exchange for Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism
While LASIK is the most popular procedure performed to correct vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, it's not right for everyone. If you have corneas that are very thin or if you suffer from dry eye syndrome, you may not be a good LASIK candidate. Also, patients with very severe farsightedness may not be able to benefit from LASIK.
In these situations, refractive lens exchange may be a great option to restore clear vision. If you choose a premium intraocular lens (IOL), you most likely won't need corrective lenses after your RLE procedure. However, if you choose a monofocal IOL, you may require reading glasses to see clearly at close distances.
Refractive Lens Exchange for Presbyopia
As you get older, your eyes begin to change. During your 40s, it is common to develop an age-related condition called presbyopia. This occurs when your eye's lens becomes more rigid, impacting your ability to focus at different distances. As a result, you will typically need reading glasses for near-vision tasks.
Refractive lens exchange is an effective way to treat presbyopia. By replacing your natural lens with an IOL, you will be able to see clearly again. At Seeta Eye, we offer a wide range of premium IOLs, ensuring that you will achieve sharp vision at all distances following your RLE procedure.
Refractive Lens Exchange for Cataracts
Refractive lens exchange is also an excellent option for cataract patients. During the early stages of cataract development, your vision is only mildly impacted. This is the ideal time to consider RLE. If you wait until cataracts are more fully developed and significantly impacting your vision, you may need cataract surgery. By treating early stage cataracts with RLE, you may be able to avoid cataract surgery altogether.
Please contact Seeta Eye today to schedule your free refractive lens exchange consultation. We serve patients in Poughkeepsie, Yorktown, and the nearby Hudson Valley areas.