Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
How it Works
For those over 50 living with presbyopia requiring corrective multi-focal prescription lenses (bifocals, progressives etc.), Image Plus is now offering a new procedure. While very similar to laser cataract surgery, but where there is no cataract on the eye, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) removes the clear lens of the eye implanting a multi-focal lens.
This surgical procedure involves the following main steps:
- First, procedure begins with a precise 3D image of your eye
- Using the Catalys™ Laser, your surgeon removes the clear lens of your eye.
- Once removed, an Intraocular Lens (IOL) is implanted (we only implant multi-focal lenses).
- Vision is restored through a multi-focal lens.
The multi-focal lens provides clarity both near and far for patients which is important as the procedure can nullify the natural ability to draw focus. These lenses allow patients to live life without boundaries knowing they can still have dynamic vision without wearing glasses.
What to Expect
With the technology used, the procedure only takes about 15 minutes to complete, but you still may be in the office for several hours.
Through the use of numbing drops, the procedure is pain-free and most patients report immediate vision improvement upon completion.
Many patients will initially notice haloes, scratchy sensations, or in some cases, blurry vision. This typically only lasts during the healing period which can take up to a few weeks.