About Refractive Lens Exchange
After age 40, most people will start to experience age-related vision decline, also known as presbyopia. This refractive error can make it difficult to read or do other tasks that require seeing up close so reading glasses are typically needed. However, new innovations in vision technology have made it possible for patients to undergo implant procedures to improve their reading vision.
At Vance Thompson Vision, we are pleased to offer refractive lens exchange, an advanced lens implant procedure that involves exchanging the natural eye lens with an artificial lens, much like cataract surgery. However, the difference is that the eye's natural lens has not developed into a cloudy cataract. We provide many choices for advanced IOLs that deliver a continuous range of distance at near, far, and intermediate distances.
Using advanced technologies and highly precise techniques, our experienced surgeons provide patients with clearer vision that fits their lifestyle goals. To learn more about procedures to improve your vision, reach out to us in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
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Best Candidates for Refractive Lens Exchange
In general, refractive lens exchange is considered ideal for patients who have a refractive error, such as moderate to severe farsightedness (presbyopia). Candidates for surgery must be at least 21 years of age and have a stable eye prescription for at least six months prior to the procedure. RLE can reduce a patient's dependence on reading spectacles or contact lenses. RLE is commonly used for patients who are not good candidates for laser vision correction surgery.
How RLE is Performed
Refractive lens exchange is an outpatient surgery performed under local anesthesia. At Vance Thompson Vision, we offer both manual and ReLACS (refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery) lens replacement surgery. With traditional manual surgery, a blade is used to cut a tiny opening in order to remove the natural lens. With ReLACS, a laser is used to make a precise incision and then the lens is quickly broken up and removed. The laser technology allows your surgeon to create a digital map of your eye and provides more flexibility and control than traditional surgery. The lens should heal quickly on its own once it is implanted.
Following refractive lens exchange surgery, you should begin to notice vision improvements over the next few days as your eyes heal and adapt to the new lens. Over the next 1 – 3 months, it is possible to experience blurry vision, halos, glare, increased pressure, or irritation. However, these symptoms should subside as you recover. Your new implant is designed to last a lifetime, but your results can be altered with a subsequent surgery to remove or replace the lens. After RLE, you may be able to reduce or eliminate your dependence on reading glasses or bifocals.
Is it TIme for RLE?
Are you looking for a solution to correct your vision that does not involve reading glasses? You may want to consider refractive lens exchange. Not only is this advanced procedure capable of strengthening your near vision, but it may significantly lessen your risk of developing cataracts later on. The expert surgical team at Vance Thompson Vision can determine if you are a great candidate for RLE and create a plan to match your lifestyle goals. Contact our office in South Sioux City, NE to schedule your appointment.