All About Refractive Lens Exchange

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Key Takeaways

Refractive error is a common term used in the world of ophthalmology and optometry; it simply refers to when the eye cannot clearly focus the image onto the retina because of the eye shape, changes in corneal curvature or the inevitable aging of the eye.  There are four common types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a safe, successful and viable surgical option for presbyopic patients.  Presbyopia is typically seen in patients usually in their mid to late 40's and older.  As we age, the natural elasticity of the eye lens becomes more rigid and the ability to focus on nearby objects becomes strained resulting in blurry images.  Over-the-counter readers can often accommodate for presbyopia, as well as contact lenses.  If patients are wanting visual freedom void of glasses and contacts while living an active lifestyle, then an RLE becomes a recommended choice.  

The natural eye lens would be surgically removed and another synthetic lens inserted to help the patient see 20/20 or better, correcting any previous refractive error induced with age.  Technological advances in lenses help patients enjoy up close, intermediate and distance vision.  Your eyes don't need to act their age. There are various lenses and the type of lens placement is customized to the patient's visual needs and daily activities.  

Choose San Antonio Eye Specialists for Refractive Lens Exchange in San Antonio, TX

Another benefit of having an RLE is that you will not encounter cataracts later in life.  Enjoying clear, crisp vision can begin sooner than later.  So having a Refractive Lens Exchange eliminates another surgery later in life called cataract extraction.  Our renowned refractive specialist, Dr. Iskander, with over 20 years experience and excellent surgical outcomes, will personally meet with you and evaluate diagnostics to recommend the best treatment plan to help you achieve your best corrected vision and improve your quality of life.   For your eyes...don't compromise!

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