RLE

What is the Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

Refractive lens exchange, or RLE, can sometimes be the best option for a patient who is not a candidate for one of our other refractive procedures. RLE replaces the eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens to correct vision and achieve sharper focus while reducing the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

RLE is typically for patients with presbyopia or extreme farsightedness that might not be ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK. RLE may be the most viable option for patients with both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia. The procedure for RLE is virtually identical to cataract surgery.

Why RLE?

RLE is typically for patients with presbyopia or extreme farsightedness that might not be ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK. RLE may be the most viable option for patients with both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia.

 

How Much Does RLE Cost?

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Am I a Candidate For RLE?

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What to Expect Day of Procedure

  • 1. Arrive on Time Down Arrow

    Arrive on Time

    Plan to arrive at the surgery center two hours before your scheduled time. A 20/20 Institute Representative will be there to assist you. Do not wear watches or jewelry on your procedure day.

  • 2. Meet the Surgeon Down Arrow

    Meet the Surgeon

    Meet with Dr. Zeh to review your procedure and the plans for your post-operative care as well as sign consent forms.

  • 3. Prepare for the Procedure Down Arrow

    Prepare for the Procedure

    Receive relaxation medication to reduce your anxiety. Please let our doctors and staff know if you would prefer not to take the relaxation medication.

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    The Procedure

    The procedure takes about 30 minutes per eye. Only numbing eye drops are used as an anesthetic. Our team will make sure you are comfortable and will talk you through the entire process.

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    After the Procedure

    After the procedure, you will be in a recovery room for about 30 minutes. Most patients will be discharged 30 minutes after their procedure. You MUST have someone drive you home after the procedure.

    Total office time is approximately 2.5-3 hours.

How to Prepare for Your Procedure

  • 1. Fast After Midnight Down Arrow

    Fast After Midnight

    Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your procedure. Morning medication can be taken with a small sip of water.

  • 2. Minimize Your Morning Routine Down Arrow

    Minimize Your Morning Routine

    Wash your face well with soap and water the morning of your procedure but do not wear any makeup, hair products, perfume, aftershave or lotion on the day of your procedure.

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    Bring a Friend

    You’ll need to arrange for someone to bring you in for the procedure and pick you up once the procedure is completed. Your guest is more than welcome to accompany you through your procedure. If they wish, they may watch your procedure live from our “friends and family viewing area.” If your guest chooses not to view the procedure, they may wait in our comfortable lounge or simply return to the center one hour after your arrival time.

  • 4. Review the Informed Consent Document Down Arrow

    Review the Informed Consent Document

    Take the time to read the Informed Consent document prior to the day of your procedure. Please do not sign the document until you are with your surgeon on the day of your procedure. Additionally, if you happen to develop a cold sore the week of your surgery, please call us to let us know. For your safety, it may be best to reschedule your procedure if you have a cold sore.

What Should I Expect After My Procedure?

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