CLE – RLE

If you are tired of wearing glasses, but have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, there is another vision correction option that may be right for you. It is called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), or may also be called Clear Lens Extraction (CLE).

Unlike LASIK and other refractive surgery techniques that correct vision by changing the shape of the cornea, RLE corrects your vision by changing the focusing power of the eye’s lens. To do this, we replace your natural lens with a new intraocular lens (IOL). Like the lens of a camera, which focuses images sharply on the film, the eye’s lens focuses light and images on the retina at the back of your eye.

Before the procedure, your eye is carefully measured using precision laser and ultrasound instruments. These measurements are used to calculate the exact corrective power of your intraocular lens.

With RLE, your natural lens is replaced with an IOL selected to give you the best vision for your needs. RLE is well suited for people over 40 because that is the age that most of us begin to lose the ability to focus up close. This occurs when the natural lens becomes less flexible, and no longer accommodates as well to changing its focus from distant to near vision. Then reading glasses or bifocals are needed for close work.

Some IOLs used in RLE have a fixed focal length. If you select this type, you may prefer to have your new lens provide sharp distance vision for driving, golf and similar activities. Or you may want near vision for reading, computer work and other close activities. You can choose monovision where one eye is corrected to see near. The choice is yours. Another option is a special type of multifocal IOL that allows the eye to focus both up close and far away. This unique lens allows the eye to focus naturally without glasses.

Eye Travel Turkey’s doctors only use the best intraocular lenses available from Alcon or Zeiss which give the optimal results. You can visit the Alcon or Zeiss web sites for more information.

While RLE is not right for everyone, it may be the option you are looking for. To find out if you are a candidate for RLE, or for one of the other refractive procedures available at Eye Travel Turkey, please contact us.