Nowadays, there are more people who choose Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also called Clear Lens Extraction (CLE), for enhancement of vision.
While in parallel with Cataract Surgery which both replaces the natural lens of the eye with an Intraocular lens (IOL), RLE presents a different dynamic and purpose.
RLE is designed for patients who have insufficient power in their natural lenses as it enables a clearer vision minus the need for visual aids. It is bound to replace a clear lens opposed to Cataract Surgery, which replaces a cloudy lens.
Both RLE and Cataract Surgery replace the eye’s natural lens with an Intraocular Lens.
Also, RLE is one of the recommended procedures for patients who did not qualify for laser vision correction.
Since it is almost identical to modern Cataract Surgery, either a Monofocal, Multifocal, and Toric lens is used as well.