Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also known as refractive lens surgery, lens replacement surgery or clear lens exchange (CLE) may be ideal if you are over 50, when laser eye surgery is less suitable to correct refractive errors. Lens replacement surgery is best suited to:
- Patients with moderate to high degrees of long-sightedness (hyperopia)
- Patients aged 50+ who use reading glasses (presbyopia)
- Patients unsuitable for LASIK, LASEK or PRK surgery
In essence, this artificial replacement lens will enable you to focus on near, intermediate and far away objects without requiring contact lenses or glasses.
During the procedure, which takes around 20 minutes, the natural clear lens of the eye is permanently replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure itself is the very similar that done to remove cataracts, the difference being that the lens removed for cataract patients is cloudy and not clear. You can find our guide to typical lens replacement surgery prices here.