Lens Surgery: Questions and Answers
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) / Cataract Eye Surgery
RLE is exactly the same operation as cataract surgery but performed for the purpose of correcting your sight and eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future.
Cataract represents clouding of the lens in the eye and develops in half of all people aged 65 and over. Cataract Eye Surgery is performed to restore clear vision and, in most cases, it would also remove the need for both distance and reading glasses. The procedure involves clearing the lens of the eye by ultrasound and replacing it with a small artificial lens (RLE).
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)
If your prescription falls outside the treatment range for Laser Eye Surgery, then Implantable Contact Lenses are an option available to you. These are implantable lenses that are used for correcting very high prescriptions of short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism.