Should I Have Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or LASIK?

Although LASIK remains the most popular vision correction surgery, alternative procedures like Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) can provide equally excellent results for certain patients. In fact, RLE may be a better option for patients with a high degree of hyperopia (farsightedness) and/or presbyopia.

Refractive Lens Exchange involves replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) in order to correct your refractive error and provide sharper focus. This makes it ideal for people who:

  • Are looking to reduce their dependence on reading glasses or bifocals
  • Have extreme hyperopia that causes constant eye fatigue
  • Have an abnormal cornea

RLE is capable of correcting high degrees of hyperopia with excellent results. Visual acuity after RLE is usually better than LASIK in patients with moderate to high degrees of hyperopia.

If you have myopia (nearsightedness), LASIK is still the preferred choice for vision correction, since it does not require the removal of your natural lens. LASIK also tends to be more affordable than RLE.

If you have further questions about LASIK or Refractive Lens Exchange, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California.

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.