If you are highly farsighted and have presbyopia or need reading glasses, this may be the treatment option for you to minimize your dependence on glasses.
RLE – Refractive Lens Exchange or Lens Replacement Surgery – involves replacing your natural clear crystalline lens with a man-made biocompatible intraocular lens that has your prescription built in.
In essence, it is having cataract surgery done before your crystalline lenses develop into cataracts. In other words, the natural lens being replaced is clear, rather than cloudy due to cataracts.
When LASIK, PRK and ICL surgery are not suitable, RLE may be a viable option to provide clearer vision without glasses.
In Vaughan Refractive Lens Exchange, as in cataract surgery, there are three main types of intraocular lens implants that can be used to replace your natural lens:
- Monofocal or Single Focus – provides clear vision for long distance OR near reading, but not both at the same time. Glasses may still be required for either far OR near. Monofocal lens implants can be made to correct astigmatism and are called toric intraocular lenses in this case.
- Multifocal – provides clear vision from far to near, maximizing the freedom from glasses
- Accommodating – a type of monofocal intraocular lens that mimics the ability of the young healthy eye to change focus from far to near
The type of lens implant you will ultimately use in Vaughan Refractive Lens Exchange depends on your visual demands and unique eye health. The best way is to make an informed decision with your eye doctor.