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Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Replacing the natural lens in the eye with an artificial lens to correct vision problems

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a type of eye surgery that involves replacing the natural lens in the eye with an artificial lens to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It’s similar to cataract surgery, but instead of removing a cloudy lens, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one to improve vision.

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Here’s how RLE works:

  1. Preparation: Before the surgery, the eye surgeon will use a numbing drop to make sure you’re comfortable. They may also give you a mild sedative to help you relax.
  2. Making a small incision: The surgeon will make a small incision in the cornea and use a probe to break up the natural lens into small pieces. This is called phacoemulsification.
  3. Removing the lens: The surgeon will use suction to remove the broken-up lens pieces through the small incision.
  4. Placing the artificial lens: The surgeon will place a new, clear artificial lens inside the eye to replace the natural lens. The lens is usually folded up and inserted through the same small incision used to remove the natural lens.
  5. Recovery: After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort and blurry vision, but it usually improves within a few days. It may take a week or two for your vision to stabilize and for you to be able to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses.

RLE is a good option for people who have moderate to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and who are not eligible for other types of laser eye surgery. It’s also a good option for people who are starting to develop cataracts, which is a clouding of the natural lens that can cause vision problems.

RLE is Cost-Effective

Financing your RLE procedure is easy and hassle-free with ilumin. We understand the importance of clear and crisp vision, which is why we’re proud to offer flexible payment plans through two trusted healthcare financing companies. Our focus is to make the payment process simple, so you can focus on getting the vision correction you need. We’re committed to providing you with an affordable and straightforward payment experience.

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When you apply for an Alphaeon credit card, you won’t be charged any interest if you pay off your balance within 24 months. Applying is fast and easy – just click on the button below to get started.

Please note that terms and conditions apply, and we encourage you to review the Financing Terms and Conditions page for important information about 24-month financing with an Alphaeon credit card.

Next Steps

If you’re considering RLE, we recommend scheduling a consultation with an ilumin doctor to determine if it’s the right choice for you. They can evaluate your eyes and medical history and help you decide which type of refractive surgery is best for your needs.

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