Knowing RLE

Nowadays, there are more people who choose Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also called Clear Lens Extraction (CLE), for enhancement of vision. While the RLE is similar and in parallel with Cataract Surgery, there are different reasons for performing both procedures.

RLE is the elimination of the natural lens of the eye either with or without an Intraocular Lens placement as a refractive procedure.

Basically, RLE is for those patients who have insufficient power in their natural lenses as it enables a clearer vision minus the need for visual aids. A big difference, however, is that the RLE is bound to replace a clear lens opposed to the cataract surgery, which replaces a cloudy lens. Also, RLE is one of the recommended procedures for patients who did not qualify for laser vision correction.

Both RLE and Cataract Surgery replace the eye’s natural lens with an Intraocular Lens (IOL).

Since it is mostly identical to modern Cataract Surgery, either a Monofocal, Multifocal and Toric lens is used as well.