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Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), also known as Custom Lens Replacement, is the ultimate in visual freedom by reducing the need for reading and distance glasses. The procedure involves replacing your natural lens with a premium Intraocular Lens (IOL) allowing you to see both distance and close up.

The procedure for refractive lens exchange is virtually identical to cataract surgery. The difference is that in RLE, the lens being replaced is clear, rather than a cloudy lens due to a cataract. Many patients consider this as a preventative procedure earlier in life as it eliminates a patient's need for cataract surgery later in life. 

Patients typically can return to normal activities within a few days of surgery. 

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Who is a candidate and what are the symptoms?

Refractive lens exchange may be a better option than LASIK or reading vision correction surgery for people with presbyopia and high hyperopia (farsightedness).

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange:

  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Struggling to read and see objects up close 
  • Frequent changes in glasses and contact prescriptions
  • Extreme farsightedness 
  • An early cataracts diagnosis

Interested in RLE?

Our team at Whitten Laser Eye is here for any questions you might have about this life changing procedure and they will work with you to customize the procedure and your IOL selection based on your specific vision needs and desired outcomes. The best way to know if you are a candidate is to click the button below to call or schedule a consultation appointment at any of our three convenient office locations in Charlotte HallChevy Chase or Richmond!  

After your consultation, if you are eligible for RLE and decide to proceed, please note your treatment and all pre-op appointments will take place at our Charlotte Hall location. Our team will work with you directly to schedule the best location for your post-op appointments. 

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