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What is RLE surgery?

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RLE stands for refractive lens exchange. Other names include PRELEX, clear lens exchange (CLE), clear lens extraction (CLE), and refractive lens replacement (RLR). It’s the same as cataract surgery. The doctor makes a small cut at the edge of your cornea then removes your natural lens and replaces it with a silicone or plastic lens. It can correct extreme farsightedness or nearsightedness. It works well for people with thin corneas, dry eyes, or other minor cornea problems. A LASIK or LASIK-related procedure can be combined with RLE to correct astigmatism.

SOURCES:

The University of Iowa: “Other Vision Correction Options.”

Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance USAeyes.org: “Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) -- Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)," “Glossary of Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Related Terms.”

American Optometric Association: “Presbyopia.”

University of Houston College of Optometry: “Presbyopia: Exploring the Final Frontier. “

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: “Ophthalmology -- Laser and Surgical Vision Correction -- LTK.”

University of Illinois Millennium Park Eye Center:  “CK (Conductive Keratoplasty).”

The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: “Conductive Keratoplasty (CK),” “Intacs or Intracorneal Ring Segments (ICRS).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens Implant.”

Eye Surgery Education Council: “Clear Lens Extraction.”

University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology: “University of Florida Refractive Surgery Service.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Alternative Refractive Surgery Procedures.”

The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

Ophthalmology Management: “Think PRELEX for Ultimate Patient Satisfaction.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Surface Ablation: Photorefractive Keratectomy, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, and Epi-LASEK.”

Stanford Eye Laser Center: “There are clear alternatives to glasses and contacts.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on December 8, 2020

SOURCES:

The University of Iowa: “Other Vision Correction Options.”

Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance USAeyes.org: “Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) -- Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)," “Glossary of Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Related Terms.”

American Optometric Association: “Presbyopia.”

University of Houston College of Optometry: “Presbyopia: Exploring the Final Frontier. “

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: “Ophthalmology -- Laser and Surgical Vision Correction -- LTK.”

University of Illinois Millennium Park Eye Center:  “CK (Conductive Keratoplasty).”

The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: “Conductive Keratoplasty (CK),” “Intacs or Intracorneal Ring Segments (ICRS).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Verisyse Phakic Intraocular Lens Implant.”

Eye Surgery Education Council: “Clear Lens Extraction.”

University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology: “University of Florida Refractive Surgery Service.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Alternative Refractive Surgery Procedures.”

The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

Ophthalmology Management: “Think PRELEX for Ultimate Patient Satisfaction.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Surface Ablation: Photorefractive Keratectomy, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, and Epi-LASEK.”

Stanford Eye Laser Center: “There are clear alternatives to glasses and contacts.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on December 8, 2020

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