Refractive Lensectomy (RLE)

eye_lensectomyRefractive Lensectomy is removal of the lens of the eye when no cataract is present to change the refractive state of the eye.  People who are near-sighted or far-sighted may chose to do this before a cataract develops to see better without glasses.  Insurance of course will not cover this surgery.  RLE combined with deluxe lens technology is an excellent option for people with high refractive error who are 45 and older. 

In this surgical procedure, the natural lens of the eye is removed  and replaced with an artificial lens specifically selected to provide  the patient with clear focusing ability. It is used for very high corrections, or when laser surgery is not  recommended. Each eye is corrected on a different surgical day.

Refractive Lensectomy is performed while you are awake. A local  anesthetic is used to temporarily eliminate sensation and eye movement.  After the procedure, most patients experience only mild discomfort,  which can include feeling as if your eye has a fine hair in it (which  is temporary), or a mild headache that is easily controlled with  an oral pain reliever. Vision is slightly blurred for the first  few days but becomes clearer within a week. The second eye is usually  operated on one week later. Most patients return to normal duties  and driving within one week after the second surgery.

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