RLE - Refractive Lens Exchange in Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

If you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK or PRK, a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) may be right for you. Just like laser eye surgery, RLE procedure is designed to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contact lenses. With state of the art technology in intra ocular lenses like Technis multifocal, Symphony and the Alcon trifocal Panoptix lenses, treating patients with difficult prescriptions has never been more advanced and easier.

While LASIK and other laser vision correction treatments reshape the cornea, with refractive lens exchange, a clear lens is implanted to replace your eye's natural lens to correct your vision. Dr. Shah offers a number of RLE treatment options that can help you meet your needs. RLE is usually advisable to patients over the age of 40 who suffer from high prescriptions that may not be treated safely by a laser. The advantages of RLE can be multiple:

1. It will eliminate the risk of needing cataract surgery in the future.
2. It can improve both - distance vision and near vision/reading vision.
3. Recovery is usually quick with next day functionality.

Am I a good candidate for an Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

General requirements for good candidates are those who:

  • Are over the age of 40
  • Have mild, moderate, or severe nearsightedness, farsightedness with or without astigmatism.
  • Have generally healthy eyes

The RLE Procedure

The Refractive Lens Procedure is, in many ways, like cataract surgery - which is the most common eye surgery performed worldwide. Refractive lens exchange utilizes a surgical technique similar to cataract surgery, making it possible to enhance your vision by replacing the eye's natural lens. Prior to the procedure, our highly skilled staff, utilizing state-of-the-art ultrasound instruments to measure the eye. Dr. Chirag Shah reviews these measurements and calculates the appropriate lens for each individual eye using advanced computer programs. The surgery itself is painless, and the recovery is usually comfortable and quick. Most patients are functional the next day.

Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange has a long history of predictable and successful outcomes, fast visual stabilization, and minimal side effects. Refractive Lens Exchange procedures can be combined with laser or incision options to correct astigmatism. Additionally, Refractive Lens Exchange eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future, allowing patients to enjoy good vision for many, many years, without ever needing cataract surgery. This is a great options for patients who particularly hate wearing their reading glasses.

Recovery from Refractive Lens Exchange

Although you will need a ride home your RLE procedure, you will be able to resume most normal activities within a day and strenuous activity within few days.

The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to come in and a FREE no-obligation consultation.  We offer all refractive surgical options like LASIK, PRK, SMILE, Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) making us the most comprehensive and unique medical facility in the Greater Philadelphia area.