Potential Risks Involved
Just like with any surgeries for that matter, there’s always a window of possibilities that a sudden problem might arise during or after the operation.
Basically, RLE is conducted the same way as Cataract Surgery. Hence, they share possible complications.
While there might be risks, given how proven and tested these surgeries are, a patient can put its full trust as an experienced surgeon is bound to take charge, accordingly.
Even as RLE is a procedure proven to be effective, tested and safe, it still presents some degree of risk. Risks and complications that may arise from RLE include:
• Ocular Hypertension (Increased Eye Pressure)
• Retinal Detachment, mostly affects nearsighted patients
• Possible blurry vision, glare and halos through multifocal IOLs
• Possible dislocation of IOL
•Possible eye infection
Still, sight-threatening problems are rare since most complications, should any arise, are treated successfully with medication or quite possibly, additional surgery if necessary.
It is essential and important to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the procedure with the doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions on RLE
Will RLE affect future eye health?
RLE implantation should not prevent any other eye procedure that a patient might need in the future, if necessary. Age related eye problems that may eventually occur can be monitored and treated normally.
RLE can both reduce the need for glasses and remove any risk of future problems due to angle closure. This is because IOLs are thinner than the natural lens. So RLE or cataract surgery creates more space for fluid circulation in the front of the eye.
How safe is the RLE procedure?
It is proven to be a very safe procedure. Actually, studies and proven instances showed that RLE is even much safer than wearing contact lenses.
Why is RLE only suitable and ideal for older people?
It is because visual problems being encountered by younger people can normally be fixed with less invasive techniques, compared to older people.
What is used for RLE surgery?
Laser is used for RLE. When it comes to all lens surgery, the most critical part is creating an incision in the eye. An advanced laser incision technology is used and trusted to minimize the slit size and also enhance healing process.
Is the RLE surgery painful?
Basically, patients don’t actually encounter any discomfort during the RLE Procedure, just like in Cataract Surgery. Since the procedure is bound to be performed under a topical or local anesthesia, a patient is provided a relaxing sedative intravenously.
While mild irritation symptoms are typical in the first 24 hours after the surgery, they are expected to eventually subside.
What are the side effects of RLE, if any?
While there may be side effects, they are minimal to none. Some patients may experience temporary blurring for a few days and sensitivity to light for a few weeks.
Do a patient still need to wear gladded after RLE Surgery?
It really depends on what type of lens was implanted into your eyes. Those who chose to implant monofocal lenses will have to wear glasses for either distance, or up close work for that matter, given that monofocal lenses are designed to focus only at one distance.
As for those with an implanted multifocal lenses with a broader range of vision, glasses are most often not needed anymore.
What are the needed precautions after RLE Surgery?
A plastic shield to the eye is required to be worn for around five days for protection during sleeping hours. Scratching or the eyes is likewise to strictly be avoided. Swimming is also prohibited for around a month after the surgery while showering should be allowed with care.
Should there be a need for further enhancements, is another eye treatment possible after RLE?
Yes, it is. There are times that the lens capsule closes around the implanted new lens, causing a change in the focusing range. In this case, a second surgical procedure to either replace or adjust the lens may be required. Then, an additional procedure is possible.
Will RLE Surgery eliminate the need for a Cataract Surgery later on?
Yes, it does. Since RLE removes a clear lens and replaces it with an artificial substitute already, a patient who undergoes the procedure is bound to not have cataract anymore.
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