Lens Replacement

Izmir Kaşkaloğlu Eye Hospital

Lens replacement - Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

If you are tired of wearing glasses, but have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, there is another vision correction option that may be right for you. It’s called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). It can also be called Clear Lens Extraction (CLE). Unlike LASIK and other refractive surgery techniques that correct vision by changing the shape of the cornea, RLE corrects your vision by changing the focusing power of the eye. To do this, we replace your natural lens with a new intraocular lens (IOL). 

With RLE, your natural lens is replaced with an IOL selected to give you the best vision for your needs. RLE is well suited for people over 40 because that is the age that most of us begin to lose the ability to focus up close. This occurs when the natural lens becomes less flexible, and no longer accommodates as well to changing its focus from distant to near vision. Then reading glasses or bifocals are needed for close work.

ZEISS IOLMASTER calculates the power of the intraocular lens to be implanted and Pentacam measures the corneal surface and thickness so that we can correct any preexisting astigmatism. With the utilization of the lastest technology Femtosecond laser many steps of the operation are done by computer controlled instruments making the operation more precise and safer.

On the day of the surgery drops are instilled to widen the pupil. Operation is done under topical anesthesia, which means “ONLY DROPS, NO INJECTION”. We use laser and sound wave energy to remove the natural lens through a very small incision, which means “NO STITCH”. Average duration of the surgery is less than 10 minutes. The patient can go home after the operation. The intraocular lenses we use are by the top companies so that our patients enjoy excellent vision after the operation. 

Eye Travel Turkey’s doctors only use the best intraocular lenses available from Alcon or Zeiss which give the optimal results. 

While RLE is not right for everyone, it may be the option you are looking for. To find out if you are a candidate for RLE, or for one of the other refractive procedures available at Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital, please contact us.