How Much Does Refractive Lens Exchange Cost

August 15, 2023


LASIK may be the most well-known type of vision correction, but there are other options, especially if you are far-sighted or wear reading glasses. Refractive Lens Exchange is a painless and effective procedure for improving distance and near vision for people over 50 years old. RLE involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens implant that corrects a wide range of refractive error to help you see clearly and may reduce your need for reading glasses. 

What is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

Refractive Lens Exchange is also known as lens replacement surgery. During this vision correction procedure, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. A tiny incision is made in the cornea (clear window in the front of the eye) and the natural lens is removed and then replaced by a custom IOL. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes per eye. The IOL can be personalized to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, depending on each patient’s unique prescription and lifestyle.

How Much Does Refractive Lens Exchange Cost?

RLE is a cost-effective procedure when considering that these artificial lenses will not need to be replaced, prevents future cataract development, and eliminates yearly glasses or contact purchases. However, it is important to consider the upfront cost before making any decision. The price of RLE can vary depending on factors such as the type of lens implanted, use of advanced technology (Femtosecond Laser Assisted), and the clinic’s location. RLE can range from $3,000 to $7,000 per eye.

Cost is an important factor in choosing whether to have a procedure. However, you should focus on the selection of a skilled eye surgeon. We offer many financing options to make RLE and other procedures affordable on your budget. 

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What are the Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive lens exchange, also referred to as lens replacement surgery, offers many advantages for individuals seeking vision correction. One of its main benefits is permanent vision correction.  By removing the natural lens, this procedure prevents future vision loss from cataracts (clouding of the natural lens).  Advanced technology IOL implants can provide clear crisp distance vision while also reducing the need for reading glasses. Multifocal IOL implants provide maximum independence from corrective eyewear.

This procedure can address a wide range of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. The customized IOL can improve your visual acuity and enhance your quality of life.

Another advantage of refractive lens exchange is that the artificial lens will never develop cataracts or presbyopia (age-related lens stiffening). RLE can eliminate the need for future cataract surgery and prevent difficulties with reading and other up-close tasks. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange?

To assess your eligibility for refractive lens exchange (RLE), you should consult with an experienced refractive eye surgeon. This assessment will consider factors such as the overall health of your eyes, status of your natural lens, and your refractive prescription. RLE is recommended for people over 50 years old with some presbyopia.

Dr. Wu helped me get Lasik and now my vision is great! No more contacts or glasses. I had dry eye afterwards but that was expected; followed instructions and now all is good. Thank you!
John w.

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