REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE (RLE) / CLEAR LENS EXTRACTION (CLE)?
WHAT IS MEANT BY REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE / CLEAR LENS EXCHANGE?
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) sometimes known as Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) is where you want to improve your vision, but, you are not suitable for laser eye surgery (or any other technologies) but you do not yet have a cataract.
A cataract is where you have a cloudy lens inside your eye.
If you have a cataract operation the cloudy lens inside your eye is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) inside the eye.
For a RLE, the procedure is the same except that you are removing the clear lens inside your eye and replacing it with a new lens.
This lens will do the job of the old lens, plus the job of the glasses that you used to have.
With the RLE the new lens gives you your new vision by changing the power of your new lens.
It has some advantages. One of which is that you will never develop a cataract.
It is what we use most times when you are not suitable for laser eye surgery.