Refractive Lens Exchange Consultation

A thorough screening prior to your Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery is essential for a proper diagnosis, treatment plan, and successful outcome.

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A comprehensive consultation will help us evaluate your general vision health.

It can also include specialized tests to determine if you are a candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange, what your visual potential is, and if there are other procedures to consider.

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, you'll be visiting our Culver City office for your RLE consultation. We complete a comprehensive clinical eye exam looking into all its structures.

Once we’ve determined you are a good candidate for lens replacement surgery, you’ll return for a follow-up visit.

During The Appointment

You’ll undergo extensive diagnostic testing where we'll take measurements using advanced, cutting-edge technology to obtain precise mapping of your unique eyes.

Following this, we’ll have an in-depth conversation to determine which intraocular lens will be best for you according to your goals, needs, lifestyle, and how surgery can improve your quality of life.

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What Your RLE Consultation Will Entail

Medical History

We’ll begin by reviewing your family medical history if you wear corrective lenses, and what medications you currently take. This information helps us craft a treatment plan unique to you.

Visual Acuity

A standard vision test where you’ll read the standardized eye chart so we can determine how well you see at various distances.


Dr. Besser will shine a bright light beam through your pupils to evaluate how your pupils respond to light.

Side Vision

Loss of side vision can be a symptom of glaucoma. In some cases, patients may not easily realize that some of their side vision is lost. This test is critical to detecting if this applies to you.

Eye Movement

Our ocular motility test evaluates the movement of your eyes. We will measure your eyes and their ability to move quickly and track slow objects in all directions.

Eye Pressure

This test measures intraocular eye pressure, or IOP. Elevated IOP is associated with glaucoma and patients are often asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease, when loss of vision occurs. It’s therefore important to monitor IOP during wellness exams. We put numbing drops in the eye and use a special instrument to gently check the pressure.

Front Section Of Eye

Cataracts can be found with this test that evaluates the front section of the eye. A microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the eyelids, iris, lens, and cornea to determine if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea.

Retina And Optic Nerve

We will dilate your eye with drops if you have any preexisting eye medical condition or you need to monitor for signs of disease. This allows Dr. Besser to properly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage or any disease indicators.

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We serve not only the greater Los Angeles area, but all of California. To learn more or schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for RLE, contact our offices today.

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