Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a refractive surgical procedure during which the natural lens is replaced with synthetic implant called intraocular lens (IOL) it is performed to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Lens clarity and flexibility diminish with age, and many older patients who would like their sight corrected actually have the beginnings of a cataract. Replacing the natural lens is often therefore the best option for sight correction, even for patients with a lower spectacle prescription, particularly if they are longsighted.
Refractive lens Exchange is suitable for people over 50 years of age and have a glasses prescription higher than the normal range for laser eye surgery.
The procedure is meant to attain a target refraction that meets the patient’s visual needs, where: