Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

The Halifax Eye Institute’s world-class surgeons are committed to providing you with the most proven, approved technology available today. Our goal is to help you to achieve your best possible vision in a safe, comfortable environment.

Some people learn they are deemed ineligible for any kind of Laser Vision Correction procedure. At the Halifax Eye Institute, we are pleased to provide other safe options such as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) and Intraocular Collamer Lens (ICL).

Unlike Laser Vision Correction, which reshapes the cornea, Refractive Lens Exchange (or Clear Lens Extraction) changes the focusing power of the eye by removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a better lens that can provide good distance vision, good reading vision or both.

This innovative intraocular procedure is performed on patients with very high levels of nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and for people who have early lens opacities. People in their middle years may appreciate the dual advantages of the Refractive Lens Exchange: not only will it correct nearsightedness or farsightedness, but it also preRefractive Lens Exchange Procedure events and future need for cataract surgery.

The Procedure 

The Refractive Lens Exchange is the same procedure as modern cataract surgery, the most common surgical procedure in North America. In the first part of the procedure, using ultrasound, the surgeon removes the patient’s natural lens, leaving the capsule of the lens behind. Then, a prescription intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the capsule of the lens. In effect, the lens implant acts like a permanent contact lens within the eye.