An Alternative to LASIK
For patients desiring to reduce their dependence on contacts and glasses, multiple options now exist. Historically, LASIK was the best option, however, after a certain age, when the loss of reading vision occurs (presbyopia), there are better options. For some patients, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) has become a preferred alternative to Lasik to reduce dependence on glasses and contacts.
RLE is a refractive surgery procedure in which the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant (as opposed to lasik which reshapes the cornea with a laser).
RLE surgery is similar to cataract surgery. You can now choose to have a RLE procedure before a cataract develops which eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future and allows you to experience better vision now.
By removing the natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens implant, astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and presybyopia (need for reading glasses) can be corrected. RLE surgery is permanent with lifelong results and can offer both distance vision and reading vision with reduced dependence on glasses or contacts. We offer lensx laser bladeless RLE procedure which provides the safest procedure with optimized outcomes.
Advantages of RLE over LASIK
- Lifelong results. LASIK does not prevent cataract development. So most patients will have to undergo a second surgical procedure (cataract surgery) after their LASIK.
- Advanced technology lens implants can provide both reading and distance vision out of each eye. LASIK can only offer reading vision through monovision (one eye set for distance and one eye made nearsighted). Monovision does decrease depth perception and cannot be tolerated by everyone. Monovision also fades with the aging process. RLE can restore a full range of vision in both eyes with lifelong results.