Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery Toronto | Goldberg Centre

RLE (Refractive Lens Extraction)

Laser Vision Correction Alternatives

Patients with thin corneas and extremely high nearsighted or farsighted prescriptions may not be good candidates for LASIK. Procedures such as PRK or implantable intraocular lenses may be better alternatives.

Refractive Lens Exchange – RLE

Refractive lens exchange, also called clear lens extraction, replaces the natural lens with a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL). Patients wishing to correct high farsightedness, high near-sightedness or presbyopia without undergoing a corneal modification procedure such as LASIK may choose RLE. Patients can select from a wide range of IOLs in order to achieve the best possible vision for their individual eyes.

The refractive lens exchange procedure is the same as that used in cataract surgery; the only difference is that refractive lens exchange is performed to achieve refractive correction rather than cataract removal. Refractive lens exchange involves a rapid recovery and offers patients dramatic improvement in vision quality.

After surgery at the Goldberg Centre, patients enjoy clearer vision and greater focusing power almost immediately. Many eliminate or significantly reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses, and vision remains stable over time. This procedure also prevents the patient from developing cataracts in the future.

Am I a Candidate for RLE?

You may be a candidate for clear lens extraction if you want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts. You are invited to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg to discuss your options.

Early Symptoms of Cataracts?

A person may be interested in RLE if they have one of the following:

They might have a cataract, and the vision is correctable to 20/20 if they are not a candidate for LVC. They may have had a cataract removed from the other eye, but the remaining eye does not yet qualify for cataract surgery.

Symptoms of early or mild cataract:

  • Mild blur
  • Vision is relatively”pale” with regard to the other eye.

If you are showing early symptoms of cataracts, RLE may be an option for you.

Over 40 Years Old?

If you have high myopia, high hyperopia, or presbyopia, with or without cataract, you may be a candidate for RLE.

Is RLE Safe?

Refractive lens exchange is considered safe for most patients. Dr. Goldberg will be pleased to discuss these risks with you, along with the benefits of this procedure, before you decide whether or not RLE at the Goldberg Centre in Toronto is right for you.

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