Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) in Shreveport, LA
Refractive lens exchange, also known as “lens replacement” or “clear lens extraction”, is a valuable vision correction option available to our patients, particularly those who aren’t good candidates for other eye surgeries. Not everyone we recommend for this procedure is familiar with it because it’s still relatively new. We want to make sure everyone is aware of their potential options for vision correction, and RLE is a procedure we stand behind. Patient outcomes have been excellent, and it has the potential to provide life-changing vision improvements to many of our patients in Shreveport.
The Lusk Difference means offering some of the most advanced vision correction options in the industry, performed by a highly experienced team of specialists. Board certified surgeons James E. Lusk, M.D., Bryan E. Lusk, M.D., and Jeffrey D. Lusk, M.D., are some of the most experienced and accomplished eye surgeons in the Ark-La-Tex. Refractive lens exchange is an exciting option, and we’d like to share with you how it can improve your vision for life.
What is RLE/CLE?
Whatever you call it, RLE is a simple operation: essentially, RLE is cataract surgery without the presence of a cataract. In RLE, we remove your natural lens, the thin disc of specialized tissue behind the pupil that focuses your vision. We then insert an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) custom-designed to correct your vision issues.
Our premium IOLs can correct a wide variety of refractive vision errors, making RLE a better solution for some patients — such as those with presbyopia — than eyewear and other corrective surgeries like LASIK and PRK. RLE also comes with low recovery demands. Most patients can return to their everyday life and see the difference from their new lenses in just a couple of days.
What Does RLE/CLE Treat?
The main purpose of RLE/CLE is to provide patients with better vision using an intraocular lens. RLE can improve refractive vision issues, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia.
Presbyopia is better treated by RLE than most other potential treatments. Presbyopia is a loss of close-up vision, that’s caused by the eye’s natural lens becoming less flexible with age, typically around age 40 or 50. It’s a potential indicator of the onset of cataracts. If you are over age 40, have lost your ability to see up close without reading glasses, and would like to see more clearly across all distances, a multifocal IOL may be your best solution.
While eyewear and LASIK can provide adjustments for the nearby vision lost to presbyopia, RLE replaces the less-flexible natural lens, directly correcting the presbyopia. RLE is also well-suited to treat some astigmatism which is centered in the lens. It’s also worth noting that IOLs cannot develop cataracts, so having RLE means that you won’t have to worry about needing cataract surgery in the future.
Myopia, hyperopia, and some forms of astigmatism are caused by a misshapen cornea — the clear, front layer of the eye, which works with the lens to focus vision. IOLs can counteract these cornea issues from within the eye to make your vision clearer.
Our Superior IOL Options
IOLs typically come in three forms: monofocal, multifocal/trifocal, and toric. Monofocals provide excellent vision correction at a single set distance, which is perfect for people with significant myopia or hyperopia.
Multifocal and trifocal lenses address presbyopia and allow for vision correction over multiple distances. Among our many multifocal IOL options, we’re proud to offer Shreveport both the TECNIS Symfony® IOL, which transitions seamlessly between middle and distance vision, and the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL, the first FDA-approved trifocal and an exceptional provider of near, middle, and distance vision correction.
Toric lenses are designed specifically to compensate for astigmatism, and many multifocal lenses come in toric varieties. In fact, both the TECNIS Symfony® IOL and AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL have toric forms. At Lusk Eye Specialists, we trust the IOLs that we provide to address a wide variety of visual needs:
What Are the Benefits of Shreveport RLE/CLE?
RLE/CLE can be an excellent option for refractive vision correction. In some cases, other eye surgeries like LASIK, PRK, and ICL cannot correct for complex or extreme vision prescriptions. For instance, ICL is great for severe nearsightedness, but not severe farsightedness. The IOLs used during RLE can address some issues — like significant farsightedness and presbyopia — better than the alternatives that we also offer.
RLE also has the advantage of working inside the eye, rather than on the eye’s surface. A surprising amount of our patients have corneal problems that would disqualify them for other refractive surgeries. Some of these problems include corneal thinning, keratoconus, past injuries and scars, or dry eye. RLE may be an option for patients who were turned down for other vision treatments in the past.
Expert RLE/CLE at Lusk Eye Specialists
We offer so many different refractive surgeries for one, simple reason: we’ve seen firsthand what a difference choosing the right procedure for a patient can make for their eyesight. RLE is an excellent vision surgery in its own right, but it’s also often the best possible option for our patients who undergo the procedure, and we’re glad to be able to provide this and other specialized solutions to our patients.
Our goal is to help you become informed and feel at ease with the treatment that together, we decide is best for your vision. At Lusk Eye Specialists, we can’t wait to show you just what we can do for your eyes.