Refractive Lens Exchange RLE

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Have you started to move away objects to be able to read? Then you could be farsighted. No need to worry, it is a natural effect of the ageing of our eyes. Thanks to the refractive lens exchange you could remove glasses and, at the same time, correct myopia, astigmatism and hypermetropia, if the situation calls for it It is a safe and efficient procedure that involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with an artificial biocompatible lens.

Benefits of refractive lens exchange

People who underwent Refractive Lens Exchange are fully satisfied and state to have improved the quality of their life. In addition to the removal of glasses and contact lenses, refractive lens exchange:

  • Prevents future cataract problems
  • Does not alter the cornea
  • It is useful for the people with a thin cornea and dry eyes

Before Refractive Lens Exchange: how to prepare

A preliminary eye examination is necessary to verify the health status of your eyes. The ophthalmologist will prescribe a preoperative treatment that consist of two types of eye drops to be applied the previous days. On the day of surgery it is necessary:


To be with an adult who can drive back home


To be on an empty stomach for at least 4 hours


To avoid the use of make-up, lotions and jewels

How long does Refractive Lens Exchange surgery last?

It lasts about 15 minutes and it is absolutely painless, thanks to the application of an anesthetic eye drop. You can go back home after 2 hours, with the eye protected by the sunglasses supplied by us.

After Refractive Lens Exchange

In order to protect the eyes, it is important to take the following precautions:

What to do What to do not
Wear sunglasses during tha day and the eye shield during the night Pay attention to shampoo and lotions
Wash your face with great care Do not rub your eyes and Do not wear make-up
Follow meticulously the postoperative treatment prescribed by the ophthalmologist Do not drink alcohol
Undergo planned follow-up visits Do not drive for 1 week

What to expect after Refractive Lens Exchange and how long recovery time last

Most people state to have retrieved clear vision immediately after surgery. However it is possible that for a couple of days vision may be blurry and the eyes sensitive to light. A complete postoperative recovery takes about ten days and in order to obtain the best results it is imperative to follow the ophthalmologist advice.

Why Eye Exams are important!

For both adults and children alike, eye exams are vital to check for early signs of eye disease or health conditions in order to prevent future damage and preserve optimal eyesight. Click the button below to request an appointment. If you have any questions or need further additional information, please contact us filling the contact form. We will gladly assist you.

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