Are you tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses, but have not been diagnosed with cataracts?

Refractive lens exchange (RLE), also known as clear lens exchange, is an elective surgical procedure used to correct some common vision conditions such as presbyopia and high farsightedness, with or without astigmatism.

The surgical technique of RLE is a variation of the standard cataract surgery. The main difference is that RLE aims to achieve visual clarity for people with a refractive error condition in the absence of a cataract. Today, RLE has become a choice for the correction of presbyopia with the goal of reducing dependency on glasses.


  • If you decide to undergo RLE surgery in the absence of a cataract, you will avoid the need for cataract surgery in the future. This is because RLE is the same procedure as cataract surgery, where the natural lens is replaced with an IOL.

  • Even if you have had laser eye surgery, you can still benefit from RLE. Ask your surgeon to find out more.