What is Refractive Lens Exchange, also known as Clear Lens Extraction?
The goal of the procedure is to correct the patient’s refractive error using intraocular specialty lenses that correct distance, near, and intermediate vision. Certain IOLs can correct pre-existing astigmatism for patients, as well. In some cases, patients may also benefit from Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRIs) to reduce astigmatism that can be incorporated seamlessly into the single RLE/CLE procedure. This procedure is an option for patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction, like LASIK or PRK. Although the primary goal of RLE/CLE is to improve vision, patients also receive the secondary benefit of never developing cataracts in the operated eyes.