What is CLE/RLE eye surgery?
It is an eye surgery for the treatment of cataracts considered to be more advanced and has multiple benefits. This procedure is an alternative to the typical laser surgery for the correction of refractive errors; such may include short-sightedness.
Categorically, it falls under the treatment known as Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) which can repair even errors up to a certain severity.
Also, this procedure is known as Presbyopic Correcting IOL Exchange
When is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Clear Lens Extraction procedure used?
It is used when an individual wants to decrease his dependency to contact lenses or reading glasses.
The procedure is performed also when the patient is taking refractive surgery into consideration for the elimination of the constant use of eye glasses, mostly for those who are more than forty years old and are visually-challenged.
It can be used when the patient needs corrective surgery for severe nearsightedness, cases of farsightedness, and also for presbyopia.
How is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Clear Lens Extraction performed?
An Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) implant replaces the natural or diseased lens of a patient’s eye. In the case of cataracts, this is usually cloudy. Doctors will determine what IOL fits one’s vision; it can be an IOL implant which is multifocal, an accommodating IOL, or a phakic IOL.
Another way of performing the surgery is by inserting a plastic IOL to improve the patient’s vision. It is placed over the existing lenses.
What are the two types of lenses used in Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Clear Lens Extraction
A mono focal lens is employed to correct a single refractive error.
A multifocal lens is used to treat nearsightedness and farsightedness.
What are the advantages of this procedure?
The quality of vision is enhanced for both eyes, may the objects be far or near. Recovery time is also fast, and the risk of cataracts is eliminated.
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