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Knowing RLE and Its Benefits

Do you know that there’s an alternative procedure for vision correction aside from LASIK and Cataract surgeries?

More and more people nowadays opt to have Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also called Clear Lens Extraction (CLE), for vision enhancement.

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.

This dynamic procedure is also for those who did not qualify for LASIK.


The benefits of RLE are mostly functional.

One of its main purposes is to make a person less dependent on eyeglasses and contact lenses, helping them have a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

In addition, the effect of RLE goes a long way, too. It likewise eliminates the need for a cataract surgery later on in life. Usually for patients in the retirement age group, in whom that seek vision enhancement, RLE is often preferred oppose to LASIK.

Moreover, almost all levels of hyperopia and myopia can be corrected by RLE.

If one turns out ineligible for LASIK due to higher than normal range of eye prescription, RLE is a normally a highly-recommended alternative. On average, patients who seek RLE are mostly over 45 years of age.

Here are some signs to be observed first to see if someone can be an ideal candidate for RLE:

  • Astigmatism
  • Difficulty with reading
  • Difficulty with distance vision
  • Those who don’t qualify for laser vision correction like LASIK due to being too farsighted or too nearsighted
  • Diagnosed with a significant cataract condition
  • Those who notably noticed, impaired depth perception, increased color distortion and decreased night vision

Wondering if RLE can be a good fit for you? Our renowned Ophthalmologists at Shinagawa know what’s best.

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries.

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