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Refractive Lens Exchange Overview

Eduardo Besser, MD

Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon located in Culver City, CA

Refractive lens exchange gives most patients a chance to retire their eyeglasses by implanting a new lens that corrects refractive vision problems. Dr. Eduardo Besser has extensive experience using advanced technology to perform laser refractive lens exchange safely. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for lens replacement, call Dr. Besser’s office in the heart of Culver City, California, or schedule an eye examination online.

Sharpen your vision and through Refractive Lens Exchange.

Refractive Lens Exchange is a laser vision correction procedure that gives patients freedom from eyeglasses, by implanting a new lens that corrects refractive eye problems. It’s also another option for many patients seeking vision improvement who aren’t suitable candidates for LASIK surgery. Refractive Lens Exchange can restore both your distance and near vision, freeing you from glasses or contact lenses. This innovative procedure not only focuses the eye, but addresses the deficits in the natural lens by removing it and exchanging it with a tiny implant that will give new clarity to your vision.

What is refractive lens exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange (also referred to as lens replacement surgery) is an elective procedure used to produce sharper vision. RLE surgery corrects refractive errors by removing the non-cataractous natural lens, and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). This is the same eye surgery that is safely and commonly performed in patients with cataracts, where a cloudy lens is removed, and replaced with a clear lens. Once the lens is implanted, the eye will remain relatively stable over the years, ensuring your vision won’t degrade over time. This also removes the risk of developing cataracts.

During lens replacement surgery, the new intraocular lens is specially chosen to correct each patient’s refractive error, freeing them from the need to use glasses or contact lenses, and in many cases, reading glasses as well.

What Types of Refractive Errors are Corrected with Lens Replacement?

Refractive errors treated with clear lens replacement include:

  • Myopia: nearsightedness, or inability to see objects in the distance
  • Hyperopia: farsightedness, or inability to see close objects
  • Presbyopia: age-related loss of close-up vision
  • Astigmatism: irregular focus that may affect near and distant objects

How Is Refractive Lens Exchange Performed?

Dr. Besser specializes in Refractive Lens Exchange using laser surgery. The procedure begins with imaging that maps the eye. Then, a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser creates sharply focused, self-sealing micro-incisions, that are cut to a precise depth and shape. After Dr. Besser removes the natural lens, he places the IOL into the lens capsule which holds the IOL in place.

To learn more or schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange, contact our office today