Refractive Lens Exchange in Pune
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Read the article to know more about Refractive Lens Exchange

Reviewed by
Dr. Aditya Raut M.B.B.S D.O.MS
Updated on Mar 08  •  2 mins read
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What is Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a vision correction procedure used to treat presbyopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.It is a type of refractive surgery that replaces the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct refractive errors.

The procedure is done under local anesthesia and typically takes one hour.During the procedure, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens that is designed to correct your specific refractive error.

The IOLs used in RLE are usually monofocal, meaning they correct your vision for one distance, either near or far.This procedure can provide a long-term solution to most people, as the IOLs used are designed to last a lifetime.

RLE can be a safer alternative to LASIK or PRK, as no laser is used.Possible risks of the procedure include infection, inflammation, or glare and halos around lights.

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Am I eligible for Refractive Lens Exchange

  1. Are you over the age of 18?
  2. Do you have a stable vision prescription?
  3. Do you have a healthy eye?
  4. Is your vision correctable to 20/20 with glasses or contacts?
  5. Have you discussed the risks and benefits of the surgery with your doctor?

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Causes of Refractive Lens Exchange

  1. Presbyopia (age-related loss of near vision)
  2. Nearsightedness (myopia)
  3. Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  4. Astigmatism
  5. Cataracts

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Risks involved in Refractive Lens Exchange

  1. Infection
  2. Increased Intraocular Pressure
  3. Loss of Best Corrected Vision
  4. Retinal Detachment
  5. Corneal Scarring or Edema

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Is there any option other than Refractive Lens Exchange

  1. Contact lenses
  2. Glasses
  3. Intraocular lenses
  4. Orthokeratology (ortho-k)
  5. Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

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  1. Before the Surgery
    1. Stop wearing contact lenses at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
    2. Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood-thinning medications before the procedure.
    3. Follow the doctor's instructions for any pre-operative testing.
    4. Have a driver or companion available to take the patient home after the procedure.
    5. Stop wearing any facial creams or lotions at least 24 hours prior to the surgery.
  2. After the Surgery
    1. Follow your doctor's post-operative instructions carefully.
    2. Avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for the next two weeks.
    3. Wear protective eyewear when doing activities that may cause trauma to the eyes.
    4. Avoid rubbing your eyes for at least 6 weeks.
    5. Use lubricating eye drops as prescribed by your doctor to maintain comfort and prevent your eye from becoming dry.

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Reviewed By

Dr.Aditya Raut, MBBS, DOMS, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, with experience of over 3000 cataract surgeries.

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Aditya Raut M.B.B.S D.O.MS Cataract Lasik and refractive surgeon
Specialist in number reduction surgery, Refractive Lens exchange and ICL surgery.

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Khushboo Jain 2022-09-01
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Absolutely love how understanding Dr. Kumud Raut is. The only place where I have not been told about only the process of getting a surgery, but rather they insist on educating about how the eye functions and the importance of having a healthy eye before any surgery.
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