Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
LENS REPLACEMENT – GIVE YOUR EYES AN UPGRADE
BRING YOUR EYES BACK TO LIFE
What you need to know about having lens replacement in Wales
LENS REPLACEMENT EXPLAINED
In these toggles we explain what you need to know about lens replacement
Lens replacement, also known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is a great way to achieve freedom from glasses.
You could be suitable for lens replacement if you:
- are 50 years or over (although exceptions to this may be considered depending on individual circumstances)
- have a spectacle prescription for distance or near vision, or both
- wish to become less reliant on their glasses or contact lenses
- want to be free from glasses and contact lenses
The eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear plastic lens. This is very similar to a cataract operation but is undertaken before a cataract develops.
The lens implant that is inserted into the eye can be chosen from a variety of types, and is chosen on the basis of your requirements and the examination findings at the consultation.
Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (mIOL’s) employ new technology to mimic the process of accommodation – they are sometimes called pseudo accommodative IOL’s. They create focal points for light coming from far, intermediate and near objects – but you will only sees the object of interest.
Watch this video on how refractive lens exchange works:
Step 1: The first step towards achieving freedom from glasses with lens replacement is to arrange a consultation with us. You do not need a referral, but it is always helpful if you can bring the report from your latest optician’s eye test.
Step 2: After a thorough consultation and examination, we may ask you to have further tests if we think it’s necessary.
Step 3: Once we have agreed to a personalised treatment plan for you, we will offer you a range of dates for the surgery and plan your post-operative care in line with your specific circumstances.
Step 4: When you arrive in the surgical centre, you will be greeted by the team. The day will go very smoothly and you will leave the hospital having received the very best care and attention throughout your time with us.
- Lens replacement allows a choice of visual outcomes. Namely, to either correct for only distance vision, or to correct for distance, middle and near vision. The wide variety of lens implant types allow for a tailored approach to visual correction.
- Lens replacement also prevents cataracts from developing in future. This is because the eye’s natural lens has already been removed and replaced with a lens implant. Therefore, unlike with other methods of visual correction, a further operation to remove a cataract will not be needed.
- Lens replacement tends to be a little more costly than laser vision correction
Lens replacement is a very safe procedure.
Like all types of surgery, lens replacement carries some risk of unexpected events occurring either during or after the operation. These risks are usually 1% or less, and the vast majority of patients are very happy with the results of their surgery.
Lens replacement allows a choice of visual outcomes. The wide variety of lens implant types allow for a tailored approach to visual correction.
IOL types include the following. The visual outcomes detailed are target outcomes, not guarantees. There is a possibility that glasses may still be required to achieve best vision, whatever the type of IOL that is used.
You will see in the distance but uses glasses for middle and near.
You will see in the distance and have some functional middle distance vision, but will require glasses for finer middle distance vision and for near.
Multifocal / Trifocal
You will see clearly in the distance, middle and near.
Multifocal – Extended Depth Of Focus (EDOF)
Lenses that combine multifocal and EDOF technology add to the range of multifocal lens options.
Alternatives to lens replacement include:
- Laser correction with both eyes corrected for distance
- Laser correction with both eyes corrected for monovision
- Laser correction with both eyes corrected with a multifocal corneal ablation
Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a very successful intervention both in terms of surgical safety and patient satisfaction. The surgical risks are very low, and I will discuss these with you in detail during the initial consultation.
The vast majority of patients are very satisfied with the results of RLE surgery and the published literature on the subject shows consistently positive results. Patients consistently report greater freedom from needing glasses than before RLE, including for reading if a multifocal lens implant was chosen.
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You’re over 45 and would love to read again without glasses
Unfortunately, reading glasses or varifocals get in the way of many of the things you most enjoy. Yes, spectacles help, but they are annoying little appendages that you lose or must clean to see clearly.
If you feel annoyed, anxious and limited by reading glasses or varifocal spectacles, we can help. Don’t let your favourite hobbies become tiring chores.
Be free from reading specs for good. Experience the liberation from squinting and headaches that you might have already begun to accept as part of life.
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Your vision is yellowing, duller, and cataracts are forming. You feel like your eyes are letting you down
The effect on your life can vary from being slightly frustrating, through to significantly affecting your ability to function independently, or even causing a devastating reduction in vision.
Before you developed cataracts, you were living a full life. You may enjoy the outdoors, have indoor hobbies or enjoy travelling. Or, perhaps you have finished working and are now taking the time to enjoy everything you may have missed when you were busy making a living.
Sadly, your eyes now dull the shine of life’s beautiful landscape. The trees, the flowers and even the sky don’t seem as bright as they used to look.
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HOW IT WORKS
Enjoy a life free from cataracts, glasses and contact lenses in three easy steps
Meet your consultant
I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my facilities in South Wales.
Revitalise your eyes
I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of cataracts and glasses and contact lenses.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LENS REPLACEMENT
Educate yourself further about lens replacement by reading the links below
The NHS has compared laser eye surgery and lens replacement, and is worth a look. Click here for more information.
This 12-page guide provides you with the benefits of refractive lens exchange, as well as the risks and alternatives. Click here for more information.
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ABOUT THE EXPERT
Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth
Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon
iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.