Refractive Lens Exchange

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange is one of the latest technologies to develop in refractive surgery and is the culmination of lens surgery and refractive surgery. It allows those people who may not qualify for LASIK an option to consider. It is a recognized procedure by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Specialty Eye Institute is one of the first facilities in Michigan who can offer this latest technological advance to you.

Refractive Lens Exchange is done using a specifically constructed tunneling incision that does not require any stiches. The natural lens in your eye is removed and replaced with a man-made lens that will allow you to be less dependent on strong prescription glasses or contact lenses that you probably needed prioor to the procedure. This lens procedure may be folowed by LASIK to finely adjust your distance vision if you desire and if it is medically advisable.  Refractive Lens Exchange is done with no stiches, no shots in many cases, followed by no restrictions. Most prople can return to their normal activities the day after surgery.

How do I know if I qualify for Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refactive Lens Exchange is designed for people who:

  • Are 45 years and older*
  • Have early lens changes and desire refractive surgery
  • Have to wear strong prescription lenses for distance vision
  • May not have enough corneal thickness for LASIK alone

*Your eye doctor can advise you in determining if you are a candidate for this procedure as well as discussing possible risks involved and alternatives.

We encourage you to call us and discuss any questions you may have. Our Patient Consultants are available to address any questions or concerns you may have about this outpatient procedure. We can also answer your questions regarding cost, including financing options that may be available to you.