What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?
R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. and his highly trained group of specialists are delighted to perform RLE (refractive lens exchange) for Bloomington, IN patients at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana. RLE is virtually the same thing as cataract surgery; however, this procedure can be performed regardless of whether a patient has cataracts. In the case of RLE, the surgery is performed to correct or significantly reduce certain types of refractive errors and allow focusing power and clear vision at multiple ranges.
RLE can be a great treatment alternative for individuals who deal with extremely high degrees of myopia or hyperopia and who aren’t ideal candidates for laser refractive vision surgeries. An attractive bonus is that a synthetic lens isn't susceptible to cataracts, offering long-lasting clarity of vision regardless of your age.
What Is RLE Surgery Like?
Most commonly, RLE is reserved for individuals with drastic degrees of myopia or hyperopia that can't be corrected through laser refractive procedures. RLE may also be recommended for patients whose corneal tissue is insufficiently thick for LASIK or other common kinds of laser eye surgeries. Following your first consultation at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, we will ascertain the most effective type of intraocular lens for your unique vision needs. The Eye Center of Southern Indiana conducts RLE as an outpatient surgery that, in most cases, is completed in about 15 minutes. If you plan to receive RLE for both eyes, you should wait about seven days between surgeries. On the day of your surgery, our team will apply eye drops to fully desensitize the eyes and sometimes a gentle anesthetic to increase relaxation when requested. Your surgeon will make an exceptionally tiny incision in the cornea and use the latest technology to easily fragmentize the existing lens and remove it. Then, we will position the customized lens in its place using the same tiny site, which will heal without sutures in a few days. As the anesthetic eye drops dissipate, you could notice some slight soreness. This should only continue about 48 hours and is easily handled with drugstore analgesics. There can also be some haziness of vision that persists for several weeks as your eyes heal.
"My husband had a chalazion removed from his lower eye lid, and we had a great experience! Everyone was so friendly, from the receptionist out front to Dr. Andrew Huck! It was a quick process, and Dr. Huck walked us through each step of the procedure. He made us feel so comfortable and cared for. Thank you for all you guys do!!"- E.W. / Yelp / Oct 06, 2021
"They are very thorough in caring for new patients. They are conscious of covid 19 protocols. The practice has both ophthalmologist as well as optometrists. In case you need eye surgery, the surgery center is on the lower level. As a new patient I appreciate what they have to offer for eye care."- M.H. / Yelp / Mar 25, 2021
"Genuinely Caring and Competent Doctor - A good guy and really smart"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 17, 2019
"Outstanding surgeon for my lasik! The eye center of southern Indiana is a top notch facility - I chose it over anything in the Indianapolis area because it's the best. "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 02, 2017
"I just had my LASIK eye surgery done with Dr. Mackey at the Eye Center yesterday. I recommend it highly, and wish I had done it sooner. The staff was as sweet as can be, and I felt so comfortable the entire time. I would really like to thank Dr.Mackey, Dr Gray and Melissa for taking such good care of me. There was virtually no wait times which cut down on my nerves substantially. The procedure itself was completely painless and was over before I knew it. I’m super pleased with my experience:)"- C.E. / Yelp / Dec 04, 2015
Long-Term Clear Vision
Refractive lens exchange at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana is an innovative elective procedure that can dramatically improve not only your vision but your general feeling of independence. For people who may not be great candidates for less-invasive treatments, refractive lens exchange has the potential to lessen or eliminate the need for glasses, as well as the likelihood of having cataracts. Reach out to or visit our Bloomington, IN location to set up your evaluation with R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. or another member of our team.