RLE Surgery Recovery Process | Eduardo Besser, MD


RLE surgery is a quick and painless procedure, with minimal recovery time. Here’s all you need to know about the RLE eye surgery recovery process.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) Surgery Recovery


Among the many benefits of having RLE surgery, there’s also the minimal recovery time most patients experience. 


For most surgeries and procedures, the patient will go home after RLE eye surgery with no patches or eye coverage. But even though your eyes will start healing immediately after the surgery, know that blurred vision or fluctuations in eyesight might occur for a short period of time while you are adjusting to the new lens. Your pupils will be dilated prior to the surgery – this may last 24-48 hours.


Anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotic eye drops are started on the day of the RLE surgery to facilitate healing and reduce the risk of pain and infection. Later that day, you will receive a follow-up call from Dr. Besser or a member of his team to check your recovery. 


You’ll come back to our offices on the following day, week, and month as Dr. Besser closely monitors your healing process.


Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

Visual recovery for RLE surgery is the same as it is for cataract surgery. Both entail the same procedure, with the lens being replaced for different reasons. You might even notice an improvement in your vision right after surgery is completed with most patients usually seeing markedly better on the following day. 


Some patients may require several days for visual recovery, but this will depend on the person’s individual healing process. Usually, by their one-week post-op appointment, their vision is excellent.


Most people can return to work and resume sports activities shortly after RLE eye surgery. Still, we recommend that you stay away from swimming and contact sports until your eye doctor says it’s safe.


To learn more or schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for RLE surgery, contact our office today! Dr. Besser’s level of experience, skill, and care make him a top eye surgery specialist in Los Angeles.


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9808 Venice Boulevard, Suite 400
Culver City, CA 90232
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