Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

 

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is also referred to as Clear Lens Exchange. As a part of the normal aging process, the lens in the eye becomes increasingly rigid leading to the need for reading glasses or bifocals in the 40s (presbyopia) and eventually cataract surgery for everyone. More and more people enjoy active lifestyles, and they do not want to put up with glasses and contact lenses or the gradual deterioration in their vision over many years. So they are choosing to have their natural lenses replaced (“exchanged”) with intraocular lens (IOL) implants at an earlier age. Refractive Lens Exchange is a procedure in which the pre-cataract, natural lens of the eye is replaced with an IOL to provide the best possible vision. (RLE is like Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS), except in ReLACS the natural lens has already developed a cataract.) RLE can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Since the natural lens of the eye is replaced in RLE, patients will never develop cataracts.

The best premium intraocular lens implant for you will depend on your vision and eye conditions. These include toric lenses for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism; multifocal lenses for a wide range of clear vision, near, intermediate, and distance; and aspheric lenses to correct aberrations in the spherical shape of the eye. After a comprehensive eye exam and diagnostic testing, Dr. Herschel will discuss with you which premium IOL will best meet your vision correction needs. Learn more about premium IOLs.

Who Is A Candidate For Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

Adults or Older Adults with the following vision conditions:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Farsightedness
  • Early cataract formation
  • Difficulty seeing at night

People in their 40s who are not candidates for LASIK/PRK

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

Dave T. (Yelp)
Are You a LASIK Candidate?
Schedule FREE Consultation
LASIK Savings Calculator